27 Amber Valley athletes share £5,175 thanks to ICON

Some of the most promising sports performers in the Amber Valley Borough have been handed a share of £5,175 in grants from business network ICON to help them chase their dreams.

The chosen 27 athletes have been selected to receive a grant of up to £250 each, which they can use to help meet costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

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

Each will also be offered a £50 activity card by Places for People Leisure Management to use at Alfreton Leisure Centre, Ripley Leisure Centre or William Gregg VC Leisure Centre, which will further help with their training.

Hockey players Kathryn Lane, Joe Sharp and Anna Toman, archers Struan Caughey, Alex Holmes and Hollie Smith, netball players Isobel Beighton and Cherese Naylor, footballers Madeleine Cusack and Katy Gigg, swimmers Jamie Ingram and Hannah Jones, sailors Harvey Martin and Roscoe Martin and distance runners  Jethro McGraw and Richard Weir have all received ICON backing.

Also selected for a bursary are heptathlete Niamh Emerson, powerlifter Max Foord, triathlete Benjamin Goodall, badminton player Grace King, Taekwondo player Matthew Lear, climber Gracie Martin, cyclist James Shaw, life saver Jayne Stallion, gymnast Greg Townley, 400m hurdler Jessica Turner and judo player Charlie Young.

Kathryn, 19, an Isca Hockey Club player, from Duffield, was selected for an England squad that took a bronze medal at the European under-21s Championships and chosen for the England Development Squad.

Joe, 20, from Duffield, plays for Beeston Hockey Club and was part of the national squad to play in the Junior World Cup and the Sultan of Johor Cup, along with the Under-21 European Championships.

Anna, 21, from Duffield, who plays for the University of Birmingham Hockey Club, captained the England team to a bronze medal at the Under-21 European Championships and has been an uncapped squad member for a senior international.

Struan, 15, from Duffield, is a member of Derwent Bowmen and has won the Scottish Junior National Championships, Home Nations Tournament and representing Great Britain at the Korean Youth Archery Festa.

Alex, 16, from Ripley, who shoots in the compound bow discipline for Derwent Bowmen, has achieved team first place and individual third place at the Junior Outdoor National Championships and is a member of the GB Youth Development Squad and East Midlands Archery Squad.

Hollie, 13, from Heanor, is a member of Derwent Bowmen and won the Junior Outdoor Nationals with a new national record maximum score, finished third in the indoor nationals and is part of the GB Compound Youth Development Squad.

Isobel, 19, from Codnor Park, near Ironville plays for Ripley Falcons Netball Club and has captained Loughborough Lightning National Performance League squad for the past two years, with ambitions to move up into the National Super League (NSL) squad.

Cherese, 16, from Codnor, is a member of Ripley Netball Club and the East Midlands Regional Performance Academy and has earned a place in Loughborough Lightning National Performance League Squad.

Madeleine, 19, from Horsley, plays for Aston Villa Ladies FC and has been part of the England squad to play in a UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship finals in Norway for matches against Sweden, Ireland and Spain.

Katy, 15, from Crich is a Derby County Centre of Excellence player who scored in England under-15s’ 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in the final of the Bob Docherty International Tournament and has since progressed to being involved with her country at under-17 level.

Jamie, 16, from South Wingfield, is a member of the Derventio eXcel Swimming Club and on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme, specialising in the 100m and 200m butterfly.

Hannah, 17, from Ripley, is a member of the Derventio eXcel Swimming Club and is part of England Talent Pathways and Derbyshire Institute of Sport programmes, specialising in the 200m butterfly, having completed in the British Championships for the past six years.

Harvey, 15, from Alfreton, was joint Huub Design Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards. He is a member at Ogston Sailing Club and is on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme, teaming up with Bobby Hewitt to win the national title, European Championships, Crown Cup and World Championships in the RS Feva Class.

Roscoe, 13, from Alfreton, is a member at Ogston Sailing Club, finishing first at the RS Tera Sport European Championships competing for Team GB and second in the bronze fleet at RS Feva World Championships and fourth in the National Championships.

Jethro, 17, from Belper, runs for Amber Valley and Erewash AC in the 800m and 1,500m and has claimed a bronze medal at the English Indoor Athletics Championships and a silver at the Northern Indoor Championships, both in the 800m.

Richard, 30, from Riddings, is a member of Derby AC, who has finished fourth in the 3000m race of the British Indoor Athletics Championships, fifth in the outdoor equivalent over 1,500m and was selected for England after setting a new 10k personal best of 29.33.

Niamh, 15, from Shirland, competes for Amber Valley and Erewash AC as a heptathlete, where she has been chosen for England after finishing fourth when representing the Midlands at the English Schools Combined Event finals and taken a silver medal in the National Under-17s Championships.

Max, 18, from Swanwick, set a new world record in winning the European Championships Raw Teen Bench Press 75kg category before lifting the World and British Powerlifting titles, helping him to be crowned as the University of Derby Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards.

Benjamin, 18, from Ambergate, is a member of the East Midlands Regional Triathlon Academy and has finished 20th in the 17 to 18 age band in the British Triathlon Elite Duathlon Championships, qualifying for the ETU European Junior Cup.

Grace, 14, from Quarndon, who trains at the Derbyshire Performance Centre, is an England Junior Badminton Performance Programme player and has been part of an England team to win the Under-15 Home Countries Quadrangular, claiming a silver medal in the singles event.

Matthew, 14, from Burton-on-Trent, is a member of Noble Dragon Martial Arts Club, Amber Valley and has won a bronze medal at the GTI British Taekwondo Championships in point stop sparring as well as a bronze at the PUMA Taekwondo World Championships in patterns discipline.

Gracie, 17, from Alfreton, is a GB Junior Bouldering team member who was 16th when representing Great Britain in the European Youth Cup and has claimed second and third places in rounds of the Junior British Bouldering Championships.

James, 18, is a road and track endurance cyclist from Heanor who is a member of the Heanor Clarion club and was the first British competitor home in 16thplace in the men’s junior category of the UCI World Road Race Championships, as well as first in three National  Junior Road Race Series events.

Jayne, 18, from Morley, is a member of the Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club and has taken individual bronze and team silver for England in the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships and set a new record in the 15-17 age group of the Open GB Surf National Championships.

Greg, 18, from Belper is a member of Derby City Gymnastics Club and has won a bronze medal in the senior men’s team event of the World Tumbling Championships, along with an individual silver in the equivalent event at European level as part of the British Gymnastics National Tumbling Squad.

Jessica, 19, from Denby Common, competes for Amber Valley and Erewash AC and was fifth in her semi-final of the World Junior Championships representing Great Britain, as well as well as fifth in the UK Athletics Championships.

Charlie, 13, from Riddings, who trains at the Alliance Derby Club, has won a silver medal representing his country at the Belgium International and was first in the Under-12s British Open, which has helped him become a member of the England Pre-Cadet Squad.

Mayor of Amber Valley, Cllr John Walker, Amber Valley Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Housing and Public Health, Cllr Tony Holmes, and Director of Derbyshire Sport, Ilana Freestone, met 18 of the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation at the Wilmot Street Community Centre, Heanor, last night (January 14).

Cllr Holmes said: “More athletes on the ICON programme this year have come from Amber Valley than any other area of the county, which underlines just how much top-class sporting talent we have right on our doorstep.

“We’ve all taken great delight in the great success of our sporting stars at the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, including medal success for former ICON recipients such as Adam Peaty and Liam Pitchford, and it’s important that, through initiatives like these, we support legacies from those events in our communities.”

Amber Valley Borough Council is among 10 local authorities across the county who are members of business network ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics in Derbyshire.

Each ICON member, which also includes Amber Valley School Sport Partnership, contributes an annual membership fee, and this money goes directly to athletes through the bursary scheme.

Amber Valley ICON Group 

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