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Harlow athletes on Inspired Athletes 2016 list

Athletics / Thu 3rd Dec 2015 at 05:02pm

LAST night (Wednesday) Active Essex announced their 2016 Inspired Athletes at the Active Essex Sports Awards.

A total of 25 inspiring athletes from across Essex have been successful in their applications for funding from Active Essex, Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. This funding will be pivotal in helping them to develop and enhance their sporting potential.

Chairman of Active Essex, Gary Sullivan OBE, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be able to support so many local athletes, to help them achieve their potential. We’re especially delighted to be able to support an additional six potential Olympians this year, in the run up to the Rio 2016 Games through our Road to Rio award.”

Road to Rio Award Athletes are:

Brinn Bevan (Gymnastics) from Southend
Fiona Pennie (Canoe Slalom) from Epping Forest
Hannah Stodel (Para-sailing) from Colchester
James Hollis (Para-swimming) from Harlow
Richard Chiassaro (T54 Wheelchair Racing) from Harlow
Roberto Pavoni (Swimming) from Brentwood
Inspired Athletes are:

Alex Body (Archery) from Southend
Alice Green (Squash) from Chelmsford
Daisy Partridge (Orienteering) from Colchester
Emma Russell (Kayaking) from Chelmsford
James Page (Fencing) from Colchester
James Russell (Canoeing) from Chelmsford
Jay Thompson (Gymnastics) from Basildon
Joshua Newman (Trampolining) from Basildon
Kristian Brown (Athletics) from Southend
Lana Redgewell (BMX Racing) from Chelmsford
Lewis Duffield (Flatwater Kayaking) from Chelmsford
Lewis Richardson (Boxing) from Colchester
Lucy Terklesen (Dingy Sailing) from Maldon
Michael Shields (Athletics) from Southend
Naomi Harryman (Athletics) from Harlow
Oliver Swallow (Triathlon) from Colchester
Sam Bennett (Athletics) from Basildon
Sebastian Pallier (Fencing) from Chelmsford
Will Marklew (Athletics) from Harlow
Brinn Bevan, recipient of the Road to Rio award funding said: “It is an absolute privilege to be an Active Essex Inspired Athlete, I have been part of the programme now for 3 years. The funding this scheme has provided me has been aiding my training, equipment & travel. This year I became a world silver medallist as part of the Great Britain team, my first year as a senior. I work very hard day in day out at my sport (gymnastics) I love inspiring the younger generation to live an active lifestyle and take up sport.”

As part of the programme, all the athletes will be delivering ambassadorial duties to groups, schools and organisations throughout Essex, to inspire the next generation to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, Cllr Ray Gooding said: “Essex County Council is proud to support the development of these athletes. We hope their role as ambassadors within the local community will inspire more to get involved in sport and physical activity.”

Cllr Ian Gilbert, deputy leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council said: “These athletes will act as positive role models and ambassadors and we are proud to be involved in this excellent scheme. Well done to those who have been chosen and I hope they can inspire others to get involved in sport and physical activity.”

Committed to supporting the success of these athletes, Active Essex in 2016 will be working in partnership with the High Performance Unit at the University of Essex, Cedar Hall Physiotherapy and Injury Active Clinic to ensure they have access to discounted services.

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