Published: Thursday, 30th May 2019
Broadland District Council's Sports Champions for 2019 have been announced.
Athlete Mia Bailey, aged 14, and swimmer Ben Woodhouse, 16, received cheques for £1,000 from the council towards their training and competing costs. And a further 10 rising stars in sport from across the district have been given grants of £125 each.
Broadland District Council's Director of People and Communities Jamie Sutterby said: "I was delighted to help 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."
Mia Bailey, who lives in Taverham, said: “I feel so lucky to be able to be given this money after putting in so much effort this past season. It was a shock to get such an amount and it’s great that i can now use it for travel to the biggest meetings, accommodation and kit for this season and in the future.”
Mia competes regularly in outdoor athletics meetings and during one weekend in May she competed in four events, winning them all (100m , 300m, 75m hurdles, and anchored the relay, with PBs in both sprints).
Ben Woodhouse, who lives in Hellesdon, said the grant money would help with travel expenses next year to places such Sheffield and Glasgow where he will be hoping to qualify as a junior for the British Championships.
"I feel really proud to have been chosen to receive a Sports Champions Award from Broadland District Council," he said. "It is so nice to have my achievements recognised and it really makes me want to work even harder to reach my goals. In the short term, I'm taking my swimming to the next level as I have qualified for the Nationals which take place this summer. I have already purchased two new pairs of competition jammers (trunks), which I badly needed and will help me swim faster too."
The Sports Champion 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.
Recipients of the £125 grant are:
Chloe Gibbs, Salhouse, golf
Dylan Partridge-Kelly, Thorpe St Andrew, karate
Billy Life, Coltishall, athletics
Ellis Stewart, Strumpshaw, athletics
Zak Houghton, Thorpe St Andrew, athletics
Darcy Rose Saddleton, Hellesdon, golf
Henry Saddleton, Hellesdon, golf
Jasmine Coleman, Lingwood, swimming
Toby Stevens, Drayton, gymnastics
Isabelle Mardle, Frettenham, gymnastics and athletics