Cluster of Peak athletes benefit from cash boost

High Peak athletes share bursary pot totalling �2,040 from ICON.'Back from left, is Hayley Lever, Mark Rushworth, Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, and Mark Warburton. Front, from left, is Abbie Wood, Judith Browne,  Lizzie Gould and George Bloor.

High Peak athletes share bursary pot totalling �2,040 from ICON.'Back from left, is Hayley Lever, Mark Rushworth, Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, and Mark Warburton. Front, from left, is Abbie Wood, Judith Browne, Lizzie Gould and George Bloor.

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Eleven athletes from the High Peak have shared a bursary pot totalling £2,040 from Derbyshire Sport’s business network ICON.

The athletes are Russell Smith, Abbie Wood (both swimming), Joel Leighton (water polo), George Bloor (golf), Eric Ham, Jaime-Leigh Whitaker (judo), James Machon, Rob Machon (both freestyle skiing), Judith Browne (ice hockey), Joanna Brown (rugby union) Lizzie Gould (shooting).

Each of the athletes are either competing internationally, have won a national championship medal, or are part of a recognised national development squad within their sport.

They will receive a bursary of up to £250 to help them meet training costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

In addition to the bursaries, DC Leisure will offer each of the athletes free access to its gym and swim facilities at its leisure centres in New Mills, Glossop and Buxton for training purposes.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council; Mark Rushworth, Leisure Contract and Sports Development Officer at High Peak Borough Council; Hayley Lever, Director of Derbyshire Sport; and Mark Warburton from DC Leisure met the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton last Friday afternoon,

Cllr Paul Smith, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “We are extremely grateful to all the members of ICON for supporting local talent, as without their help it would not be possible to award these bursaries.

“This is the seventh year that these awards have been made and we are very keen to be able to provide more support for these athletes, and to support more athletes, and in order to do so would encourage more local businesses to consider becoming an ICON member.”

To find out more about ICON, or if you would like to become a member, contact Rachel Felix at Rachel.felix@derbyshire.gov.uk.