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Harlow athletes benefit from Inspired Athletes fund

News / Mon 27th Oct 2014 pm31 12:41pm

TWENTY-four talented Essex athletes have been announced as stars of the future as part of the Inspired Athletes’ Awards scheme.

Active Essex
The awards were launched last year as part of a legacy from the London 2012 Games, Glasgow 2014 and other major world championships. The awards support local and potential Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games competitors to realise their sporting potential, aided by financial support from Active Essex, Essex County Council and Southend on Sea Borough Council in partnership with the Essex Athlete Foundation.

Gary Sullivan OBE, Chairman of Active Essex, said: “After the success of Essex County Council’s Team Essex Ambassador Awards, we are delighted to offer funding to our local athletes as part of our ‘Inspired Athletes’ scheme. With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner and the Rio Olympics 2016 in their sights, this scheme will enable them to achieve their ambitions and strive for Olympic Gold.”

Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, Councillor Ray Gooding, said: “Being physically active helps us lead healthier lives and helps us tackle many chronic conditions. Supporting local athletes enables us to establish Essex as a county where we take sports and its health benefits seriously. Essex has traditionally invested in supporting talented athletes through a previous scheme which saw eight of our athletes participate in London 2012 with three bringing home a number of medals.”

Councillor Grahamn Longley portfolio holder for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development at Southend on Sea Borough Council, said: “Clearly the London 2012 Olympics has been a major boost for aspiring athletes, not only in Southend but across the county also. It’s vital, therefore, we continue encouraging and supporting those gifted, competitive sportsmen and women who have their eyes firmly set next on year’s Commonwealth Games and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”

The athletes will act as ambassadors for sport in Essex through the scheme which aims to support new talent across Essex by providing funding and support. The funding enables athletes of different levels to gain support for their training and development, enabling them to achieve their ambitions and strive for Olympic or Paralympic Gold.

One athlete who has been announced as a ‘Gold’ inspired athlete for the coming year is 31 year old Fiona Pennie whose sport is Canoe Slalom. Fiona, who is from Epping Forest said: “The award is key in providing me with the opportunity to further the possibilities in my training; be that through extra training camps, supporting my domestic race programme or the extra kit and equipment I need to train optimally. However, the award isn’t just about me and I particularly enjoy the opportunity it gives me to talk to many people of all ages about getting into sport.”

Another athlete, Robert Pavoni will also be an inspired athlete. Roberto, from Brentwood said: “’I am extremely grateful to The Essex Athlete Foundation and Active Essex for their support in the coming year. Their help will enable me to focus on my swimming performances leading into the World Championships in 2015 and beyond that the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is great to have the backing of this scheme because I have recently lost my funding from UK sport which was my only source of income. This was a huge disappointment to me after I won 2 medals at the European Championships and reached 3 finals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. I am now in need of a sponsor to support me over the next couple of years to allow me to fully focus on my swimming career. This Active Essex Award has gone some of the way to help me achieve this.”

Gold: Elite performers recognised by their national governing bodies (NGB) and/or those athletes that are part of International/National training squads and teams.

Roberto Pavoni, Swimming. Aged 23 from Brentwood
Fiona Pennie, Canoe Slalom. Aged 31from Epping Forest
Richard Chiassaro, Wheel Chair Racing. Aged 32 from Harlow
Crystal Lane, Para Cycling. Aged 28 from Chelmsford
Hannah Stodel, Para Sailing. Aged 29 from Colchester
Brinn Bevan,Gymnastics. Aged 17 from Castle Point

Silver: National performers recognised by their NGB and/or those who are included within National training/competitive squads.

Adam Hickey, Athletics. Aged 26 from Castle Point
Joshua Newman, Trampoline. Aged 15 from Basildon
Lewis Richardson,Boxing. Aged 17 from Colchester
Matthew Hamilton, Cycling. Aged 17 from Basildon
Oliver Swallow, Triathlon. Aged 16 from Braintree
James Hollis, Para Swimming. Aged 20 from Epping Forest

Bronze: Regional performers, also member of County squads if relevant, recognised by their NGB and or those who are included within Regional and County training/competitive squads.

Sebastian Pallier, Fencing. Aged 14 from Basildon
Alex Body, Archery. Aged 15 from Castle Point
Alice Green, Squash. Aged 13 from Basildon
Lucy Terkelsen, Sailing. Aged 16 from Maldon
Charlotte Newbold, Judo. Aged 16 from Southend
Lana Redgewell, BMX Racing. Aged 18 from Braintree
Michael Shields, Athletics – Hurdles. Aged 15 from Southend-on-Sea
Duran Omar, Diving. Aged 17 from Southend
Beth Shriever, BMX Racing. Aged 15 from Uttlesford
Declan Strong, Kayaking. Aged 17 from Chelmsford
Naomi Harryman, Athletics – Heptathlon/ long jump. Aged 16 from Epping Forest
Daisy Partridge, Orienteering. Aged 13 from Braintree

Harlow athlete, Richard Chissaro said: “Two years ago I was thinking about stopping racing as it was so expensive.

Since I received the Inspired Athlete Award I have moved from 15th in world to 7th over 100m.

I can focus on training and maintain equipment with no worries now.

Thank you Essex Athlete Foundation and Active Essex .”

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