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Talented Erewash athletes awarded bursaries totalling £2,920

1 March 2013

A group of talented sporting stars from Erewash have been awarded bursaries totalling £2,920 from business network ICON.

Cycling sisters Rosie and Hannah Blount, football players Hope Fawsitt, Saul Simpkin, and Max Tomkins, ice skater Abby Green, ice hockey player Joseph Hazeldine and fencer Samuel Ward are among those to have been selected to receive a bursary of up to £300 each to help them meet training costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

Also selected are Joanne Hunter (Hockey), Olivia Kelly (Golf), Bradley Lewis (American Football), Helen Mason (Bowls), Sophie Matthews (Netball), Emma Vickers (Table Tennis), Kevin Wallbank (Swimming) and Marcus Walters (Tennis).

All of the athletes are either currently competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures and are tipped for further success in their sport.

In addition to the bursaries, Erewash Borough Council will offer athletes free access to its leisure centres to help them with their training.

Cllr Michael Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council and Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, met the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation in the Council Chamber at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday, February 28.

Cllr Michael Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so much sporting talent in Erewash, and I am delighted that the council is able to continue to support local athletes in this way.

“Each of the athletes puts an enormous amount of hard work into their training, and I hope that the bursaries and access to training facilities will help them to continue to achieve in their individual sports.”

Erewash Borough Council is a member of ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games in Derbyshire.

More about each of the athletes is below.

To find out more about ICON, or if you would like to become a member, please contact Rory Slater on 07885 885720.

ICON is supported by the following local authorities: Erewash Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Derby City Council, High Peak Borough Council, Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

ICON members also include Active Nation, Brampton Manor, Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, Community Sports Trust, Cooper Parry, Derby College, Derby County FC, Derby Telegraph, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Destination Chesterfield, East Midlands Airport, Flint Bishop LLP, Geldards, Genting Club Riverlights, Hampton by Hilton Derby city Centre, Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights, Innes England, International Golf Development, John Felix Films, Johnson Health Tech UK, Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trust, Manx Engines Derby, Marketing Derby, Morley Hayes, Nuffield Health Derby Hospital, Orchid, Origination, Rolls-Royce, Smith Cooper, Spirit Medical, Technogym UK, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, University of Derby and webdna Ltd.

The 16 athletes from Erewash who have received a bursary are:

Rosie Blount (Cycling)
18-year-old Rosie, from Breadsall, won gold in the Junior 500m Time Trial at the National Track Championships, and was placed third in the Junior Sprint. She was also placed 4th in the Women’s 500m Time Trial. Rosie is a member of Derby Mercury Cycling Club.

Hannah Blount (Cycling)
16-year-old Hannah, from Breadsall, won gold in the Youth 500m Time Trial at the National Track Championships. She was also placed 3rd in the Youth Sprint and set a new national record in the Team Sprint with teammate Grace Garner. Hannah is a member of Derby Mercury Cycling Club.

Hope Fawsitt (Football)
20-year-old Hope, from Long Eaton, has been selected as a reserve for the England Deaf Ladies team, and is a member of the Great Britain Deaf Ladies Squad. Hope also plays for Derby County Deaf Ladies.

Abby Green (Ice Skating)
12-year-old Abby, from Breaston, qualified to compete at the British Championships. She also finished on the podium at every national open competition in which she competed, winning a silver medal in Bradford and bronze medals in Basingstoke and Coventry.

Joseph Hazeldine (Ice Hockey)
11-year-old Joseph, from Ilkeston, has been selected for the England U13 Ice Hockey team, and is due to play in a tournament in Canada in February. He was a member of the U11 Midlands Conference Team for two years and is now part of the U13 team.

Joanne Hunter (Hockey)
21-year-old Joanne, from Trent College in Long Eaton, won a bronze medal as part of the England U21 team which competed at the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships.

Olivia Kelly (Golf)
15-year-old Olivia, from Ilkeston, is the 2012 Derbyshire U16 and U18 Champion and won the Nottingham Junior Championship. She is an England Select Midlands training squad member and a member of the Derbyshire Ladies county first team and Erewash Valley Golf Club.

Bradley Lewis (American Football)
17-year-old Bradley, from Long Eaton, is a member of the Great Britain Lions squad and was selected to represent Europe in the FBU International Series in San Antonio. He is also a member of the Nottingham-based Caesars American Football Club.

Helen Mason (Bowls)
24-year-old Helen has played for England since 2010. She was a semi-finalist in the National Two-Bowl Singles Championship, and reached the last 32 in three national events. She is a member of Stute Bowls Club in Ilkeston.

Sophie Matthews (Netball)
17-year-old Sophie, from Breadsall, is a member of the East Midlands Regional Talent programme. She trains with Loughborough Lightning and plays for the senior section of Ripley Netball Club.

Saul Simpkin (Football)
12-year-old Saul, from Draycott, is a member of the Derbyshire FA Development Centre.

Max Tomkins (Football)
15-year-old Max, from Long Eaton, is a member of the FA East Midlands Partially Sighted Centre of Excellence. He also plays for Riverside FC U14s.

Emma Vickers (Table Tennis)
21-year-old Emma, from Borrowash, is the U21 National Singles Champion, British University Singles Champion and the Jersey Grand Prix U21 Champion. She is a member of Draycott and Long Eaton Table Tennis Club.

Kevin Wallbank (Swimming)
16-year-old Kevin qualified to swim the 100m and 200m Butterfly and the 200m IM at the British Championships 2012. He made it through to two finals at the National Championships and came 6th in the 200m Butterfly and 7th in the 200m Breaststroke. At the Midlands Championships he won the 50m and the 200m Butterfly. Kevin is a member of the Derventio eXcel swim Squad and Long Eaton Swimming Club.

Marcus Walters (Tennis)
14-year-old Marcus, from Long Eaton, won a gold medal in the U14 age group at the European Winter Cup and at the British National Junior Championships. He is a member of the Nottingham Performance Academy.

Samuel Ward (Fencing)
19-year-old Samuel, from Breaston, has represented Great Britain at junior level and won a silver medal at the National Fencing Open Competition. He is ranked No.27 in the GB senior rankings.

Pictured above, back from left, is Cllr Michael Wallis, Cllr Carol Hart, Hope Fawsitt, Bradley Lewis, Olivia Kelly and Joseph Hazeldine. Front, from left, is Saul Simpkin, Abby Green and Max Tomkins.

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