Published: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Broadland District Council's Sports Champions for 2017 have been announced.
Athlete Serena Grace, aged 14, and baton twirler Tiegan Poynter, 15, received cheques for £1,000 from the council towards their training and competing costs. And a further 18 rising stars in sport from across the district have been given grants of £125 each.
Council Chairman, Cllr John Ward, said:
"I was delighted to present the cheques to these two young people who have done our district proud by doing so well in their sports.
"We hope the grants will help them in their future endeavours."
Serena Grace, who lives in Horsford, said:
"I was shocked to get a £1,000 grant, but very thankful and very happy. I will probably use the money to buy more athletics equipment and to help with travelling and hotel costs."
Serena has already competed in national championships in Manchester and Bedford and hopes to one day compete in the Olympic Games.
Tiegan Poynter or Sprowston said she could use the grant money to help pay for her trip to Croatia, where she is representing England in the World Baton Twirling International Cup.
"I am shocked - I wasn't expecting the grant to be as much as that," she said. "I started baton twirling about five years ago. I like learning all the new tricks and have made lots of friends from it as well."
Darren Bidle, Head of Year 10 at Sprowston High School, said:
"Sprowston High School has a long history of sporting excellence and students who have gone on to achieve great things.
"It's lovely to have a role model such as Tiegan within our school. She has always been dedicated. It's not easy to balance the demands of school with sports performance outside of school but she is such a determined young lady."
The grants were open to people living in Broadland who are currently competing at a regional level or higher to help with outgoings such as coaching costs, competition entry fees, equipment or physiotherapy.
This year's Sports Champions will also act as ambassadors for Broadland District Council's ambition of improving levels of health and wellbeing - speaking to children and adults in the district and supporting sporting initiatives.
Recipients of the £125 grant are:
- Jack Riches, Blofield, swimming
- Kathryn Betts, Horsford, tenpin bowling
- Nicola Betts, Horsford, tenpin bowling
- Hope Neild, Thorpe St Andrew, golf
- Eve Neild, Thorpe St Andrew, golf
- Olivia Nicholls, Acle, tennis
- Tilly Reed, Blofield, climbing
- Leo Woof, Little Plumstead, swimming
- Lewis Ross, Taverham, table tennis
- Henry Pegge, Frettenham, Shotokan karate
- Joshua Knights, Taverham, athletics
- Oliver Reek, Blofield, swimming
- Charlotte Abramson, Rackheath, swimming
- Jessica Munford, Blofield, swimming
- Ellen Vince, Old Catton, baton twirling
- Buzz Kemp, Brundall, cricket
- Abigail Durand, Aylsham, athletics
- Grace Pank, Coltishall, Optimist dinghy