A total of £9,450 has been awarded to a group of athletes in
Amber Valley from Podium - a scheme which supports emerging
talented sports performers.
The group of 38 athletes have shared the bursary pot, receiving
between £150 and £400 each to help them meet training-related costs
such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.
The athletes compete in a wide variety of sports from athletics
and badminton to Taekwondo and tennis. Many of them already compete
for England or Great Britain in their chosen sport, while others
are part of a recognised national development squad or a
development squad aligned to a professional sports club.
The 38 athletes include hockey players Toby Hooker, Alexander
Robey, Naomi Cotterill, Madeline Wood, Nick Morris, Monica
Jones-Knowles, Anna-Frances Toman, Joe Sharp, Kathryn Lane and
Daniel Darby; swimmers Molly Renshaw, Emily Allsop, Fiona Donnelly,
James Latham, Benjamin Goodall and Hannah Jones; and canoe polo
players Thomas Baston and Gallin and Ross Montgomery.
Also receiving a bursary is: Richard Weir (Athletics), David
Feeney (Athletics), Cameron Mclean (Athletics), Ragnar Mularczyk
(Badminton), Rob Peat (Cricket), Adam Wheatcroft (Cricket), James
Shaw (Cycling), Kieren Leigh Straw (Football), Chloe Foster
(Football), Bethany Griffin (Golf), Greg Townley (Gymnastics), Zack
Needham (Kickboxing), Danielle Smith (Roller Sports), Jake Pilgrim
(Rugby League), Alice Woodings (Sailing), Toby Woodings (Sailing),
Hannah Jones (Snooker), Jessica-Mai Woodhouse (Taekwondo) and Harry
Podium is backed by Derbyshire's sport and business scheme ICON,
with money raised from the scheme used to support local athletes
through Podium. Members include Amber Valley Borough Council and
Derbyshire County Council, together with more than 45 other local
Julian Townsend, Executive Director, Environmental Services,
Amber Valley Borough Council, said: "Amber Valley Borough Council
is delighted to be able to continue to assist local athletes in
this way and is proud to support Podium and be part of the network
that provides financial and in kind support to our sporting
"It is fantastic to see such as breadth of talent in Amber
Valley, with so many athletes in a huge range of sports succeeding.
I would like to congratulate each of them on their efforts and wish
them all the very best of luck for the coming year."
DC Leisure have also awarded each of the athletes with a £50
voucher for use in their leisure centres in Ripley, Alfreton and
Heanor, to assist the athletes with their training.
More about each of the athletes is below.
Podium is managed by Derbyshire Sport and is financially
supported by ICON.
ICON is part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the
London 2012 Games in Derbyshire, and is supported by the following
local authorities: Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire
District Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Derby
City Council, High Peak Borough Council, Amber Valley Borough
Council, Bolsover District Council, Erewash Borough Council,
Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Dales District
ICON members also include Active Nation, Benz Bavarian, Brampton
Manor, Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, Community Sports
Trust, Cooper Parry, Denby Pottery, Derby College, Derby County FC,
Derby Telegraph, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of
Commerce, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derbyshire Economic
Partnership, Derwent Media Group, Destination Chesterfield, East
Midlands Airport, East Midlands Designer Outlet, Flint Bishop LLP,
Geldards, Hampton by Hilton Derby City Centre, Holiday Inn Derby
Riverlights, Innes England, International Golf Development, John
Felix Films, Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trust, Marketing Derby,
Nuffield Health Derby Hospital, Orchid, Origination, Rolls-Royce,
Royal Bank of Scotland, Smith Cooper, Spirit Medical, Stancliffe
Hall, Team Sims, Technogym UK, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd,
University of Derby, Venture Inspection Ltd, webdna Ltd, Westfield
Shopping Centre and W T Parker Ltd.
For more information about ICON visit www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/icon
The 38 athletes from Amber Valley who have received a bursary
Richard Weir (Athletics)
Richard, from Riddings, represented England at a competition in
Nice, and gained fourth place at the England Athletics
Championships in the 1500m. The 27-year-old competed at the Aviva
UK Trials and Championships in July and narrowly missed out on a
place in the men's 1500m final.
David Feeney (Athletics)
24-year-old David, from Belper, won a bronze medal at the
England Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships in 2011, and
a silver medal in the 60m hurdles at the North of England
Championships. He was also the North of England Indoor Heptathlon
Champion. His goals for 2012 include to make the Great Britain team
for the Indoor and outdoor combined events championships.
Cameron Mclean (Athletics)
Wheelchair racer Cameron, from Duffield, finished in fifth place
at the London Mini Marathon. The 15-year-old also won a silver
medal in the 100m at a national disability sports event. His long
term goals include competing at the Paralympics in 2016.
Ragnar Mularczyk (Badminton)
13-year-old Ragnar, from Mapperley, won a bronze medal in the
level doubles at the U13 National Championships, and was a quarter
finalist in the singles event. He became U13 county champion in
singles and level doubles, and was a finalist in the U15 county
Rob Peat (Cricket)
Rob, from Ripley, is a member of the Derbyshire Mini Cricket
Academy. In 2011, the 15-year-old was the second highest wicket
taker in Derbyshire age groups, and the sixth highest run
Adam Wheatcroft (Cricket)
17-year-old Adam, from Belper, plays county cricket and
Derbyshire Premiership cricket for the Alvaston and Boulton Cricket
Club 1st XI. In 2011 he took 20 county wickets and 35 premiership
James Shaw (Cycling)
James, from Heanor, is part of the British Cycling Olympic
Talent Team. The 15-year-old rode for the East Midlands in
cyclo-cross, mountain bike, track and road cycling in 2011. He won
round three of the National Cyclo-Cross Trophy and was the Midlands
Regional Cyclo-Cross Champion. He competed at the UK School Games
and rode for Sky Pro-Cycling Future Stars at 'Revolution' 2011.
Kieren Leigh Straw (Football)
15-year-old Kieren, from Heanor, is a member of Derby Shooters
Chloe Foster (Football)
20-year-old Chloe, from Leabrooks, plays for Leeds United Ladies
who finished third in the FA Women's Premier League last season.
Her goal is to gain a place in the England U23 team.
Bethany Griffin (Golf)
13-year-old golfer Bethany, from Ripley, is a member of the
Derbyshire Ladies County Squad. She qualified to compete at the
English Schools Championships after taking fourth place at the
Midlands Schools Championships. She took fifth place in the EWGA
English Girls U13 Championships.
Greg Townley (Gymnastics)
15-year-old Greg, from Belper, competed at the World Age Group
Tumbling Championships in November, competing in the 15-16 years
age group. Greg qualified in second place and came sixth in the
final. During 2011 Greg also became British Tumbling Champion for
the ninth time, and he is now training for the Junior European
Toby Hooker (Hockey)
Toby, from Duffield, played for the Nottingham Lynx U17 Junior
Regional Performance squad in September 2011 and was selected to
attend the National High Performance Assessment Camp. The
16-year-old's goals for 2012 include selection to represent the
region at the Futures Cup and selection for England U18 trials. He
is part of the Belper Hockey Club U16 Boys squad which has won
through to the National Finals of the England Hockey Championships
on March 31.
Alexander Robey (Hockey)
16-year-old Alexander, from Duffield, was part of the U16 team
which won the 2011 Futures Cup. He is progressing through England
Hockey's Single System Player Pathway and aims to compete for
England, having already represented his county and Junior Regional
Performance Centre teams. He is part of the Belper Hockey Club U16
Boys squad which has won through to the National Finals of the
England Hockey Championships on March 31.
Naomi Cotterill (Hockey)
Duffield's Naomi, (15), represented the Midlands in the Futures
Cup. She also represented Belper in the National Finals for U16
indoor and U18 outdoor, and played for Derbyshire U16 and Beeston
in the Midlands Premier League. Her goals for 2012 include to be
selected for England High Performance Assessment and progress to
the England squad.
Madeline Wood (Hockey)
15-year-old Madeline, from Belper Hockey Club, has been selected
for the England U16 National Age Group Programme. She represented
Mercia Lynx (Midlands) in the National Futures Cup tournament (U16)
and was captain of the Derbyshire U15 county team. She has also
represented Belper Ladies and Belper U16 and U18.
Nick Morris (Hockey)
42-year-old Nick, from Duffield, was part of the first England
over 40s Hockey Masters Team to win gold at the World Cup in
Singapore in 2011. Nick scored five goals including the winner
against Australia. He was also part of the team which won the Home
Nations Championship and European Championships.
Monica Jones-Knowles (Hockey)
Monica, from Belper, earned her first cap for Wales at the Home
Nations Masters Tournament in 2011. In 2012 Monica, (40), hopes to
represent Wales at the Masters Hockey World Cup.
Anna-Frances Toman (Hockey)
Anna-Frances, from Duffield, has acted as captain and
vice-captain of the England U18 team, and won a bronze medal with
the team at the European Championships. The 18-year-old has now
been selected for the England U21s.
Joe Sharp (Hockey)
18-year-old Joe, from Duffield, represented England U18 a year
young at the Four Nations in April 2011, and at the European
Championships in Holland where he was made captain. Joe also plays
for Belper Men 1st XI in the National League.
Kathryn Lane (Hockey)
16-year-old Kathryn, from Duffield, represented England U16 at
the Four Nations, and also gained caps against Germany and
Scotland. She represented England U17 at the UK School Games in
September, and in 2012 she hopes to represent England U18 and
compete at the UK School Games again.
Daniel Darby (Hockey)
Daniel, (16), from Holbrook, played three games for England U16
during 2011 and has now been selected for the England U18 squad.
During 2012 he hopes to compete at the Four Nations and the UK
Zack Needham (Kickboxing)
14-year-old Zack, from Ripley, is a current world champion. He
won the JFCC (Junior Full Contact Council) English title, and also
won a gold medal at a JFCC rankings tournament. He will be fighting
for the EFK British title in 2012.
Thomas Baston (Paddlesport)
Thomas, from Horsley, trained and competed with the Great
Britain team during 2011. The 26-year-old also competes with Viking
Canoe Polo Club which won silver at the European Club Championships
in 2011 and retained both the National League and National
Championship titles. He was part of the Viking A team which won the
Odesnse International in Denmark in early January and matched that
achievement in the Karnath Cup in Germany in March.
Gallin Montgomery (Paddlesport)
23-year-old Gallin, from Belper, is a member of the Great
Britain Senior Men canoe polo team and Viking Canoe Polo Club. In
2011 he won the Ypres International and London International. His
goals for 2012 include winning the World Championships, the
National Championships and the National League.
Ross Montgomery (Paddlesport)
21-year-old Ross, from Belper, is a member of the Great Britain
U21 Canoe Polo team, which took second place at the Essen European
Cup competition in Germany and third place at the Mechelen European
Cup competition in Belgium. He also plays for Viking Canoe Polo
Club. He was part of the Viking A team which won the Odesnse
International in Denmark in early January and matched that
achievement in the Karnath Cup in Germany in March.
Danielle Smith (Roller Sports)
12-year-old Danielle, from Heanor, has been selected to be train
in the Great Britain development squad, and hopes to achieve the
qualifying times to represent Great Britain at the European
Championships. In 2011 she competed in Europe and achieved a silver
medal in Portugal and top ten positions in Belgium and Germany.
Jake Pilgrim (Rugby League)
15-year-old Jake, from Denby Village, is currently on a
scholarship with Wigan Warriors. He was scouted while part of the
RLFC East Midlands Development and Training Squad.
Alice Woodings (Sailing)
17-year-old Alice, from Lea, was part of the Laser Radial
National Squad which competed at the Youth European and World
Championships in France in July. She also competed at the National
Laser Inland Championships. Alice hopes to be selected to represent
Great Britain at the Radial Youth Championships in Belgium in
Toby Woodings (Sailing)
14-year-old Toby, from Lea, was a member of the Topper National
Intermediate Squad in 2011 and competed at a number of national and
regional events. He now sails a Laser Radial and was the youngest
competitor at the Laser Youth Nationals.
Hannah Jones (Snooker)
Hannah, from Quarndon, is the current World Ladies Junior
Champion and UK Ladies Plate Champion, and is ranked 6th in the
World Ladies Snooker list. Hannah, (15) is also the World Ladies
British Open Junior Champion, and her goals for 2012 include
winning a fifth consecutive World Junior title. Hannah represented
England at the women's European Team Championships in Bulgaria in
March 2012, reaching the semi-finals.
Molly Renshaw (Swimming)
Molly, (15), won silver in the 200m breaststroke at the British
Gas Swimming Championships, and bronze at the European Junior
Championships in 2011. She also qualified to compete at the World
Championships in Shanghai, and won silver in the women's 200m
breaststroke at the Commonwealth Youth Games, breaking her own
British and English Records in the heats and finals. She also won
gold in the medley relay with her English teammates. She swam at
the British Championships and Olympic Trials in March in a bid to
qualify for the 2012 Games. She won a silver medal in the 200m
breaststroke final, but was left disappointed after missing out on
qualification by a fraction of second. She is now training hard for
the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in June,
where she will have a further chance to qualify for the Great
Britain Olympic team.
Emily Allsop (Swimming)
18-year-old Emily, from Smalley, was a member of the England
Development Team which won three bronze medals at the Commonwealth
Lifesaving Championships in South Africa. She was also selected as
a member of the Royal Life Saving Society UK team which competed at
the Dutch Open National Championships.
Fiona Donnelly (Swimming)
Fiona, from Hazelwood, represented Great Britain at the European
Junior Championships and won bronze for Scotland in the women's
400m individual medley at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Fiona,
(16), has qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials in March.
James Latham (Swimming)
16-year-old James, from Quarndon, swam at the British
Championships in the 100m breaststroke, achieving a personal best
of 1:08.55 and finishing as the 13th ranked junior. James also swam
at the National Championships, securing places in the 15/16 years
finals of the 100m and 200m breaststroke. He is a member of the ASA
Talent Development Programme Level 2.
Benjamin Goodall (Swimming)
Benjamin, from Ambergate, qualified for seven events at the
British National Youth Championships, finishing as the 8th top
15-year-old in the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly. He also
qualified to swim at the British Championships 2012 (Olympic
Trials) in the 200m butterfly. He has been selected to represent
Great Britain at the LEN Open Water Cup in Israel in May 2012. His
inclusion is based on the strength of his performance at the
British Championships at the London Aquatics Centre, and if
successful in Israel he will join the GB squad at the European
Junior Open Water Championship in Turkey in July. Ben has also been
selected for the England Central team at the UK Games.
Hannah Jones (Swimming)
14-year-old Hannah, from Ripley, is a member of the England
Talent Programme Level 2 and competed at the British Championships
in the 100m and 200m fly. At the National Championships she took
sixth place in the 200m fly and tenth place in the 100m fly, and in
the Midlands Championships she took first place in the 200m and
Jessica-Mai Woodhouse (Taekwondo)
16-year-old Jessica, from Belper, is a world champion in team
sparring, and won gold in team sparring at the English
Championships where she also won bronze in individual sparring and
patterns. Her achievements also include win gold in team sparring
and individual sparring and patterns at the Scottish
Harry Finney (Tennis)
In 2011 ten-year-old Harry, from Belper, was selected as a
member of the AEGON Future Stars Programme by the LTA. He won the
Derbyshire County Closed U10 competition, and the AEGON Masters U9
national title. His goals for 2012 include winning the AEGON
Masters U10 national title, and to be ranked in the top five of all
Notes to journalists
Derbyshire Sport is a county sports partnership and provides the
strategic lead for sport in Derbyshire. It is a partnership
organisation made up of partners working together to improve the
lives of the people in Derbyshire through sport and active
recreation. Sport England is a major funder of Derbyshire
Partners include Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District
Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derby City Council,
Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council,
Erewash Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, North East
Derbyshire District Council, South Derbyshire District Council, NHS
Derbyshire County, Sport England, Sport Governing Bodies, Further
and Higher Education, School Sport Partnerships, Local Sports
Networks and the Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association.
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