Sports stars celebrate £1,000 bursary awards

May 29, 2019

SEVEN rising young sports stars have received a boost to
their sporting ambitions through a £1,000 bursary from the charity SportsAid.

Badminton players Molly Chapman, Lisa Curtin, Pamela Reyes
and Estelle and Ethan van Leeuwen received their bursaries at Milton Keynes
Sporting Lunch Club’s May event.

They are pictured with former England rugby international
Leon Lloyd, the guest speaker at the lunch club, which met at Jurys Inn,
Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire High Sheriff Julia Upton, Milton Keynes
Mayor Cllr Sam Crooks and Ian Revell, chief executive of Milton Keynes
Community Foundation.

Also to receive bursaries are wheelchair basketball player
Emmanuel Filson and athlete Ebony Carr. The athletes will use the money towards
costs such as competition fees, coaching, purchasing new equipment and travel
expenses.

SportsAid’s
Eastern director Roger Fennemore said: “SportsAid endorse the impact that these
bursaries make and remains committed to continuing the long standing
partnership with MK Community Foundation.”

The seven
join previous local recipients such as long jumper Greg Rutherford and
badminton player Gail Emms, who have also received funding. SportsAid is a
national charity set up in 1976 to provide support and assistance to talented
young sportspeople.

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