Hampshire’s most promising athletes have been awarded funding by Hampshire County Council to help them stay on track to sporting glory.
A total of 215 sportsmen and women across the county have been specially picked to be a part of the Hampshire Talented Athletes Scheme (HTAS), funded by the County Council and managed by Energise Me.
The funding was agreed at Councillor Edward Heron’s Decision Day for Countryside and Rural Affairs. Cllr Heron said:
I am delighted we are able to give £34,000 of funding to this really worthwhile scheme which supports young athletes. It will help Hampshire’s strong sporting prowess continue to be realised on county, national and international stages. HTAS makes a tremendous difference to young athletes across many different disciplines – such as badminton, sailing and taekwondo – through the range of support which athletes can access to boost their progress.
The scheme provides athletes with grants for competition and travel costs, physiotherapy and sport science support, free access to leisure centres and bus travel, plus public speaking training to inspire children during school visits.
Of the 215 athletes awarded support this year, 123 will receive grant funding worth a total of £34,000. Read the full report.
Former HTAS athletes who have received support include:
Double gold Olympian skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold OBE from Winchester;
Olympic gold medallist, hockey player, Alex Danson MBE, who attended school in Odiham and Farnborough;
Olympic, world and European team pursuit gold medallist, cyclist Dani Rowe MBE from Hamble;
Paralympic gold medallist, swimmer Mikey Jones MBE, from New Milton;
Silver and bronze Paralympic medallist, Boccia player David Smith MBE, from Eastleigh