Cluster of Peak athletes set to benefit from bursaries

Abbie Wood is one of the athletes set to receive an ICON bursary.
Abbie Wood is one of the athletes set to receive an ICON bursary.

Bursaries totalling £24,600 have been awarded to a total of 142 Derbyshire athletes, thanks to Derbyshire Sport’s business network ICON.

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

Derwent Bowmen Young members Marsie Henderson-Hirst and Abi Bowler

Derwent Bowmen Young members Marsie Henderson-Hirst and Abi Bowler

Amongst those numbers are a clutch of High Peak-based athletes, all of whom will receive a bursary of up to £250 to help them meet training costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

The chosen athletes from the High Peak area are:

Marsie Henderson-Hirst (Archery) - Marsie won the 2013 Junior National Championships. She is also a member of the Archery GB Junior Compound Squad and Derwent Bowmen Archery Club. Marsie shot for Great Britain at the Europa Games in Romania, and was selected to shoot at the World Youth Archery Games in China.

Ellie Koyander (Skiing) - Ellie, from Tideswell, competed in moguls skiing at the 2013 World Ski Championships and the Freestyle Mogul World Cup.

She was the youngest person to represent TeamGB at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

She then met the Olympic qualification standards set by the BOA and IOC to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but did not gain enough points to gain an Olympic Quota spot after crashing in the Deer Valley World Cup.

Abbie Wood (Swimming) - Last year saw Abbie compete at the 2013 European Youth Olympics Festival, where she scooped four medals and was also awarded the honour of being named Team GB’s flagbearer at the closing ceremony.

Other High Peak-based athletes are:

Eva Henderson-Hirst (Archery). George Bloor (Golf), Judith Browne (Ice Hockey), Eric Ham (Judo), Jaime-Leigh Whitaker (Judo), Joanna Brown (Rugby Union), Lizzie Gould (Shooting), James Machon (Skiing), Rob Machon (Skiing), Russell Smith (Swimming), Joel Leighton (Water Polo).