More elite athletes than ever from across Rushcliffe have received a grant to support their efforts in the sport of their choice, helping them achieve their future national and Olympic goals through the Council’s Elite Sports Grant. ‘arrondissement.
25 athletes from 11 different sports are now benefiting from vital funds to cover costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.
Among the athletes are Katie Reid, a British British canoe athlete who is currently the senior national champion in the C1 200m and C1 500m and is training for the 2022 World Championships taking place in Canada in August.
In 2021 she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics where she achieved a quarter-final result and in September she competed for Great Britain at the ICF Sprint Canoe World Championships and will do also part of those who will benefit from the financing.
Katie said: “I am very grateful for the support I have received from Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Elite Sports Grant.
“The funding will help cover my training and competition expenses as I progress on my journey towards qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.”
Meanwhile, West Bridgford’s Lizzy Edge is a member of England’s Next Generation triathlon program and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2021 European and World Junior Championships.
In 2022 she will compete in a number of European Cup races to gain additional international experience and will take part in several international training camps, aided by the scholarship.
Grants may also be used for specialist coaching and other professional support deemed appropriate by the national governing body over the next year.
A complete list including information on each athlete is available at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/eliteathletes.
Abby Brennan, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s portfolio holder for communities and climate change, said: “We are delighted to award these athletes funding which can help manage the costs of competition and training at a such a high level.
“We are proud to have great sport at Rushcliffe and it is fantastic to be able to offer support to these athletes in their future sporting aspirations.
“Competing at an advanced level in sport can create a financial burden for athletes which can often be a barrier to further achievement and we want to help wherever we can.
“We also recognize that COVID-19 has caused many challenges for the sport, with many international and domestic competitions canceled or postponed and we wish the 25 grantees the best of luck as they compete over the next 12 months.”
Pictured: LR: George Cummings, Julia Kang, Will Oakes, Phoebe Simon, Solomon Okrafo-Smart, Ben Squire, Jonathan Young, Cllr Abby Brennan, Katie Reid, Sam Dean, Oliver Simon, Nick Boreham and Ellis Pearce.