Melton borough future Olympians earn LRS GO GOLD funding

Sophie Pedlar, Georgina Wallace and William Hawkes with Shiv Thakor and Leicestershire County Council chairman Bill Boulter EMN-150218-105548002

Sophie Pedlar, Georgina Wallace and William Hawkes with Shiv Thakor and Leicestershire County Council chairman Bill Boulter EMN-150218-105548002

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Talented young sportspeople from the borough have received grants to help them reach their podium potential.

Six Melton borough athletes were awarded funding of between £300 and £1,000 as part of Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport’s (LRS) 2014/15 GO GOLD Funding Programme.

Niamh Noble and Karl Morgan with Leicestershire County Council chairman Bill Boulter and Shiv Thakor EMN-150218-105559002

Niamh Noble and Karl Morgan with Leicestershire County Council chairman Bill Boulter and Shiv Thakor EMN-150218-105559002

Amng the award-winners were swimmers William Hawkes (13), who tops the national rankings for 100m and 200m breaststroke in his age group, and Karl Morgan, from Bottesford, who is Britain’s second-fastest 18-year-old of all time over 100m freestyle.

Middle distance runner Mari Smith, from Frisby, was again recognised, as was promising multi-event athlete Sophie Pedlar, from Eastwell.

Frisby Fencing Club junior Niamh Noble, who was 20th at the British Youth Championships, also received support from LRS, as did gymnast Georgia Wallace, from Saltby, who is ranked second in the region.

A total of 123 successful county athletes from 27 different sports were awarded grants from the programme.

It aims to support talented athletes and coaches who are recognised as future Olympic, Paralympic, Special Olympic and Commonwealth Games participants by their national governing bodies.

The two presentation evenings were hosted by Leicestershire County Council chairman Bill Boulter at County Hall, and supported by LRS athlete ambassador Shiv Thakor, former captain of the England U19 cricket team.

All podium level athletes will also receive free leisure passes to their local leisure centres.