11 High Peak athletes receive ICON grants

Some of the High Peak’s most promising sports performers have been handed a share of £1,950 in grants from business network ICON to help chase their dreams.

The chosen 11 athletes have been selected to receive a grant of up to £250 each, which they can use to help meet costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

All of the athletes are tipped for further success in their respective sports, and are either already competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures.

Each will also be offered an activity card by Places for People Leisure Management to use at leisure centres across the High Peak Borough, which will further help with their training.

Among the selected athletes are judo players Scott Brelsford, Eric Ham and Jaime-Leigh Whitaker, kickboxer Danielle Allsop, golfer George Bloor and athlete Katie Byres.

Also being supported are shooter Elizabeth Gould, water polo player Joel Leighton, skier James Machon, cyclist Katie Toft and swimmer Abbie Wood.

Danielle, 15, from New Mills is a member of the Northwest Chinese Kickboxing Club and won World Kickboxing Championships individual bronze, plus a gold in the team event, as well as gold and silver medals in the British Championships, at light contact cadet and semi-contact cadet levels.

George, 19, from Buxton, who is a member of Cavendish Golf Club, the Derbyshire Men’s First Team and the John Cook Elite Squad, has represented England against Scotland, finished second in the English Schools Championship and is the course record holder at his local club with a 63.

Scott, 13, from Glossop, who is a member of Glossop Judo Club and on the England National Squad at pre-cadet level, finished fifth in the Sportif International and fifth at the British Championships.

Katie, 21, from Hadfield, competes for Sale Harriers and qualified to represent England in the pole vole at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, having won a silver medal at the British Senior Championships and a gold at the England Senior Championships.

Elizabeth, 16, from Buxton, is a member of the 17th Buxton Scout Airgun Club and the Great Britain Junior Squad and was third in the Sporter Standing of the Junior International event, as well as a winner in the Sporter 3P category of the British 3P Championships.

Eric, 17, from Hadfield, who competes for the Glossop Judo Club and is a British Junior Squad member, was ninth in the European Cadet Championships and took a gold medal in the Junior English Open, plus a silver at the British Junior Championships.

Joel, 17, from Bamford, plays for the City of Sheffield Water Polo Club and trains with the GB under-19 squad, representing his country in an international tournament against Hungary and Croatia and claiming a bronze medal in the British inter-regionals.

James, 24, from Castleton, represented Great Britain in the freestyle skiing half pipe at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, finishing 23rd after winning the British Championships in the same event and also claiming 16th spot in the FIS World Cup in Calgary, Canada.

Katie, 21, from Chinley, who is a member of the Mossley CRT Club, the British Cycling Confirmation Squad and on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme, finished third in the National Para-Cycling Road Championships and second place in the 3km individual pursuit at the Newport International Para-cycling World Cup.

Jaime-Leigh, 14, from Gamesley, near Glossop, is a member of Glossop Judo Club and the England Judo Squad, winning a bronze medal in the National Team Championships and an individual bronze at the British Championships, as well as a gold medal at the Heart of England event.

Abbie, 15, from Buxton, is a member of Derventio eXcel swimming squad and a gold member of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport, winning two gold medals and two silver medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival competing for Team GB, helping her to be named as Derby City Council Junior Sportswoman of the year at the Derbyshire Sports Awards.

High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council are among 10 local authorities across the county who are members of business network ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from London 2012 in Derbyshire.