A TOTAL of £4,600 has been awarded to 17 sporting stars from High Peak.
A bursary from the Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund has been awarded to each local athlete to help them reach the top of their game.
Many of them already compete for England or Great Britain in their chosen sport, while others have been tipped to represent their country within the next 12 to 18 months.
The 17 athletes are: Katie Byres (athletics), Eric Ham (judo), Madeleine Thompson (wheelchair basketball), Danielle Blinco (shooting), Hannah Davies (shooting), Elizabeth Selvey (water polo), Robert Machon (skiing), James Machon (skiing), Robert Browne (roller sports), Andrew Randall (archery), Lucy Wood (swimming), Judith Browne (ice hockey), Samuel Cooper (lacrosse), Joel Leighton (water polo), Abigail Walker (judo), Rhiannon Baldwin (judo), and Joseph Mitchell (swimming).
The cash will be used to help each athlete meet training and competition costs.
The Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund is managed by Derbyshire Sport, and its financial supporters include High Peak Borough Council and the University of Derby.
Jean Wharmby, Executive Councillor for Social and Community Development at High Peak Borough Council; David Joy, Director of Derbyshire Sport; and Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, met the athletes to congratulate them at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton last week.
Cllr Wharmby said: “I never cease to be amazed by the depth and breadth of sporting talent in High Peak and across Derbyshire.
“These bursaries underline our commitment to giving these rising stars a helping hand as they strive to maximise their potential.”