Cash boost for the Vale’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic prospects

Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls L-R Craig Gibbons, Roger Fennemore ( Sports Aid) Pamela Relph Lucy Chenery, Hugh Goodwin, Cllr Derrick Isham (Chm AVDC Council) Sam McCaffrery( AV Community Trust) Charlie Walker

Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls L-R Craig Gibbons, Roger Fennemore ( Sports Aid) Pamela Relph Lucy Chenery, Hugh Goodwin, Cllr Derrick Isham (Chm AVDC Council) Sam McCaffrery( AV Community Trust) Charlie Walker

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TALENTED athletes from the Aylesbury Vale have been granted funding to help them achieve their sporting goals with the 2012 games in mind.

Aylesbury Vale District Council and the Aylesbury Vale Community Trust have donated £6,000 each to SportsAid, a charity which provides financial assistance to Britain’s amateur sportsmen and women.

The money will be distributed to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls who live or train in the district to help their development by covering some of the costs involved such as coaching, equipment, travel and competition entry fees.

Recipients of the funding include Vale of Aylesbury athlete Ben Gregory, Aylesbury’s Charlie Walker (sitting volleyball), Arsenal and England footballer Ellen White, former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil Huw Goodwin (handball), sisters Monica and Pamela Relph (rowing) and swimmers Craig Gibbons and Lucy Chenery (swimming).

Councillor David Thompson, cabinet member for leisure, said: “2012 is going to be a special year for this country, and here in Aylesbury Vale we will have a significant role to play in the delivery of a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“For a number of years, AVDC has been supporting local talented athletes to take part in the greatest sporting events this country has ever hosted and we are delighted to be joined for this Olympic and Paralympic year by the Aylesbury Vale Community Trust in supporting these athletes who have the potential to be ambassadors for our community on the greatest sporting stage of all.”

Miles Buckinghamshire, chair of Aylesbury Vale Community Trust, said: “We see these sportsmen and women as the Vale’s best hopes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and I’m delighted AVCT is able to help them. We know these athletes will inspire new and upcoming athletes and we hope they continue to progress and compete at the highest level of competition.”

For more info visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/leisure-culture or call 01296 585183.