Wigan’s aspiring athletes in Talent Fund boost

Photo: Left to right: Hannah Gardiner, Cllr Jim Moody, Harry Dunkerley, Oliver Cope, Charlie Meadows, Cllr Chris Ready, John White, Katie Eastwood Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles Club and Workforce Officer.

Young athletes from a variety of disciplines including water polo, BMX racing, archery and karate are being supported in the latest round of the Believe Talent Fund.

The funding from Wigan Council supports talented youngsters from the borough with their development by helping to cover travel, accommodation, competition, training and equipment costs.

Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The Believe Talent Fund is all about supporting Wigan’s gifted young athletes in becoming the stars of tomorrow.

“They are each fantastic ambassadors for sport in the Wigan borough and we look forward to watching them develop.

“We wish them luck as they go forward and encourage all emerging talents to apply for the funding in the future”.

Among those being supported are Karate competitors Rachel Traverse, 17, and Danni Williams, 14, who will both be heading to competitions with the funding received.

Harry Dunkerly, 16, will be making waves with the Junior Water Polo competition GB Squad.

Both heading to training camps, Charlie Meadows, 13, and Bradley Metcalf, 15, look to develop their skills in Wrestling.

Charlie will also be heading to European Championships this year.

Oliver Cope, 14, is racing towards World Championships in Zolder and HSBC UK BMX National Series races.

John White, 12, is staying on track and heading to Speedway National Race series and Cyclo-Cross National Race Series.

Looking to stay on target is archer Hannah Gardiner, 12, who will use the funding to head to GB Junior Masters and National Competitions.

Making a name for herself nationally is Charlotte Edwards, 15, of North West Triathlon who will be racing off to National Super Series Races this year.

The Believe Talent Fund, which has already supported over 60 young athletes, is open to 11 to 24-year-olds, with recipients receiving up to £500 as part of the council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund.

You can find out more at www.inspiringhealthylifestyles.org/wigan/services/believe-talent-fund