A number of sports men and women with ambitions to be selected to represent Great Britain at future Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be supported in their training with funding from Kent County Council.
The 15 sportsmen and women represent a range of sports and include disabled and non-disabled performers. They are all from Kent and have been nominated and recognised by their sport’s national governing body. Each receives £1,000 towards their training, equipment and coaching.
This is the 14th year that KCC has provided this support to top sports performers. Previous recipients have included double Olympian, European and World Athletics medallist Jack Green and Steve Brown, a Paralympian and the GB wheelchair rugby captain at London 2012.
This year there are also a number of athletes who are aiming for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham including: Tom Bosworth (athletics), James Hall (gymnastics), Courtney Tulloch (gymnastics), Ross Wilson (table tennis) and Will Bayley (table tennis).
In addition, Millie Knight (Alpine skiing), who achieved a bronze medal at the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, will also be one of those receiving support. All of whom have been supported by Kent County Council in their sporting careers to date.
Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services at Kent County Council said: “I am delighted that we are once again able to support a number of Kent’s talented sports performers with targeted grants and hope that this support will assist them in their future ambitions to be successful at major sporting events on the international stage.”
Liz Davidson, Partnership Director for Active Kent and Medway (formerly Kent Sport) said: “To be able to support athletes in their preparations for a home Commonwealth Games is fantastic. We look forward to seeing a number of them performing in Birmingham this summer and inspiring talented young athletes across the county to follow in their footsteps.”
Those receiving funding this year are:
Millie Knight – Alpine skiing
James Hall – gymnastics
Courtney Tulloch – gymnastics
Jimmy Dean Wood – boxing
Millie Morris – athletics
Lucy Thornewell – handball
Thomas Bosworth – athletics
Issy Fassnidge – skeleton
Ross Wilson – table tennis
Harry Goodwin – lawn bowls
Tonbridge & Malling
Jemima Yeats-Brown – judo
Ryana Macdonald-Gay – hockey
Tori Sellors – rugby union
Will Bayley – table tennis
Fern Sneddon – swimming
For further information on Kent’s talented performers who have potential to be selected for Team England at the 2022 Commonwealth Games as well as future international competitions visit: www.kentsport.org/talent
The two major aims of the support for talented performers:
To assist Kent’s talented performers (non-disabled and disabled) who have the most potential to compete and achieve at a high level.
To promote Kent’s talented performers as positive role models within the county.
In order to make the final grant award decisions we have worked closely with the national charity SportsAid, which receives nominations of athletes for funding awards each year from National Governing Bodies of Sport. http://www.sportsaid.org.uk/
About Active Kent and Medway
As one of 43 Active Partnerships in England, its principal funders are Sport England and Kent County Council, whose strategies set the direction of its work and activity. KCC also hosts the partnership in its offices, providing support services, and is the employer of the staff team. Kent Sport also works with and is supported financially by Medway Council and the 12 district and borough councils across the county.
Our Vision: More people, more active, more often
Our Mission: Improving lives through sport and physical activity