Wigan Borough’s rising young sports stars get funding boost

Eleven of Wigan Borough’s rising young sports stars are being helped along their journeys thanks to the latest round of the Believe Sports Talent Fund.

From the water polo European Championships in Serbia, to the cycle speedway Ashes series in Australia, the funding is helping young athletes to compete on the international stage, supporting with travel and accommodation costs, competitions, training fees and equipment.

The latest round of recipients are:

  • Laura and Adam Watson, aged 16 and 18 from Tyldesley, will both competing in the cycle speedway ashes series in Australia, before competing in the Individual World Championships.
  • Emmie Rose Eastwood and Stephanie Whittaker, both aged 16, representing Great Britain in the water polo European Championships in Serbia.
  • 15-year-old Junior Jackson from Atherton, who cycles for Mossley CRT will be competing in national leagues on the Olympic Development Programme.
  • Rachel Traverse, aged 15 from Golborne will be competing in England karate tournaments and taking part in national training camps.
  • 13-year-old Ellie Green from Whelley will be making her way across the Atlantic to represent inline hockey’s Team UK Young Guns at State Wars in America this summer.
  • Emily Burgess, aged 12 from Astley is another cycle speedway starlet and will be using the funding to help compete in the women’s national league.
  • 12-year-old Ellie Rose Alder from Hindley Green will be taking part in the synchronised swimming Beacon Programme, with a view to progressing for England selection.
  • Karate duo Amy Kershaw, aged 14 from Ashton, and Danni Williams, aged 12 from Orrell are both set to compete in Team GB competitions.

The fund, which has already supported 33 young athletes, is open to young people aged 11-24, with each athlete eligible to receive up to £500 from Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment.

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