|Wigan’s aspiring athletes in Talent Fund boost
A record number of 12 aspiring athletes from disciplines including wrestling, athletics and wheelchair rugby are being supported in the latest round of the Believe Talent Fund.
The funding from Wigan Council supports talented youngsters from the borough with their development by helping to cover travel, accommodation, competition, training and equipment costs.
Cllr Chris Ready, lead member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The Believe Talent Fund is all about supporting Wigan’s gifted young athletes in becoming the stars of tomorrow.
“They are each fantastic ambassadors for sport in the Wigan borough and we look forward to watching them develop.”
Among those being supported are wrestlers Bradley Metcalfe, 14, Ella Johnson, 13, and James Smith, 17, who will each hope to follow in the footsteps of former recipient Charlie Bowling who clinched bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Greta Hampson, 17, who is already making waves in synchronised swimming having won 4 gold medals at the National Junior Championships, will use the contribution to compete in the European and World Championships.
Staying in the pool, the fund will help Tyldesley’s Emmie Rose Eastwood compete in the World Championships for water polo later in the year.
Hindley wheelchair rugby talent Danny Dawoud, who has just turned 25, will use the funding to help maintain his equipment and compete in Germany.
Looking to go far on two wheels are BMX rider Oliver Cope, 14, and cycle speedway prospect and youngest athlete of the bunch, John White, 11. Both will use the money to compete in national competitions, while John will also purchase cycling equipment.
Emily Borthwick, 20, and Harry Coppell, 21, meanwhile, will each use funding to compete in national and international Athletics events.
Completing this round of funding are para dressage prospect Caitlyn Saddington, 16, and triathlete Charlotte Edwards, 14, who will each use the fund to compete at home and abroad.
The Believe Talent Fund, which has already supported 60 young athletes, is open to 11 to 24-year-olds, with recipients receiving up to £500 as part of the council’s Deal for Communities Investment.
You can find out more at www.inspiringhealthylifestyles.org/wigan/services/believe-talent-fund.