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16 March 2018

Wiltshire businesses support county's sports stars

More than £50,000 was raised last night (Thursday) at the Wiltshire Business and Sports Gala Dinner, as local businesses and organisations helped to support the next generation of the county's sports stars.

The special fifth anniversary event was held to raise money for local Olympians and Paralympians, building on the success of the 2012 and 2016 Games.

Money raised from the night will boost the Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians foundation fund, which provides financial grants to local elite athletes. Successful applicants receive funding to assist with training, attending competitions, as well as paying for equipment and transport costs to regional, national and international events.

More than 60 businesses sponsored and supported the dinner; the main sponsors of the evening were Mipermit, Landmarc, CGI, Qiniteq and Atkins.

The fund was boosted by a one-off experiences auction and an elite raffle, while former England and Bath Rugby captain Phil de Glanville compared the event and Paralympic gold-medallist Mark Colbourne MBE offered inspirational words for the attendees.

This year's grant recipients, each receiving £1,000, were:

  • Jack Alexander, rifle shooting
  • Dan Bethell, para badminton
  • Amelia Bissett, tennis
  • Lauren Booth, para cycling
  • Hannah Brown, sprint canoe
  • Stephanie Clutterbuck, rowing
  • Tom Gale, athletics
  • Becky Hoare, triathlon
  • Jennifer Kehoe, para alpine skiing
  • Stephanie Millward MBE, para swimming

More than £50,000 was raised last night (Thursday) at the Wiltshire Business and Sports Gala Dinner, as local businesses and organisations helped to support the next generation of the county's sports stars.

The special fifth anniversary event was held to raise money for local Olympians and Paralympians, building on the success of the 2012 and 2016 Games.

Money raised from the night will boost the Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians foundation fund, which provides financial grants to local elite athletes. Successful applicants receive funding to assist with training, attending competitions, as well as paying for equipment and transport costs to regional, national and international events.

More than 60 businesses sponsored and supported the dinner; the main sponsors of the evening were Mipermit, Landmarc, CGI, Qiniteq and Atkins.

The fund was boosted by a one-off experiences auction and an elite raffle, while former England and Bath Rugby captain Phil de Glanville compared the event and Paralympic gold-medallist Mark Colbourne MBE offered inspirational words for the attendees.

This year's grant recipients, each receiving £1,000, were:

  • Jack Alexander, rifle shooting
  • Dan Bethell, para badminton
  • Amelia Bissett, tennis
  • Lauren Booth, para cycling
  • Hannah Brown, sprint canoe
  • Stephanie Clutterbuck, rowing
  • Tom Gale, athletics
  • Becky Hoare, triathlon
  • Jennifer Kehoe, para alpine skiing

Stephanie Millward MBE, para swimming

Last updated: 16 March 2018 | Last reviewed: 16 March 2018

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