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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Cumbria athletics fund looking to give out grants

There are 199 days to go in the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics and a fund to help sports performers in Cumbria is looking for grant applicants.

The Cumbria Talented Athlete Performance Fund helps support youngsters with training and competing.

It is for athletes already competing at national or international level. Applications close on January 31.

Richard Johnston, partnership manager at Active Cumbria, said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund grants for the third year.

“The funding provided by Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council and Allerdale Borough Council will really make a difference to the elite sports performers we have in Cumbria.

“It will hopefully help them take the next step in their sporting careers and catapult them to Olympic or Paralympic this year or at future Games.”

The fund was launched at the Cumbria Sports Awards in 2009.

The Performance Fund was put in place for three years leading up to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brendan Jameson, chair of the Cumbria 2012 Group, said: “The fund has been a huge success in Cumbria and makes a real difference to the recipients.

“We had a really good mix of athletes representing a whole range of sports last year and we are keen to do the same again.

“We would love the fund to continue beyond 2012 but this would require more organisations or businesses coming forward and offering their support.”

As part of the grant award, recipients are asked to help promote sport throughout the county are various events as Cumbria Talented Athlete Ambassa-dors. This was officially recognised by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in 2010 by awarding Active Cumbria an Inspire Mark.

Last year’s recipients included athlete Abbie Hetherington, 15, from Wigton; Michael Horley, 23, a talented judo athlete from Carlisle; Victoria Johnston, 18, of Penrith – a talented athlete in Triathlon, and Nick Miller, 17, of Carlisle, a talented athlete in hammer discipline and athletics.

To find out more contact www.cumbriasport.com/talentedathletefund.

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