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Funding boost for East Lancashire's rising sports stars
3:43pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
TALENTED young athletes from across the county will be presented with grants from the Lancashire Rising Star Fund on Friday.
The special presentation will be made to 14 young sportsmen and women at the University of Central Lancashire.
The talented teenagers, who represent a wide range of sports, have each received £500 to cover everything from travel to training and and accommodation to equipment.
And seven of the athletes are from the East Lancashire area.
Skier Robert Holden from Rossendale represented Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea and won a gold and two silver medals.
Bethany Widdup from Colne, is also a talented skier and has already competed at junior international level.
Climber Connor Byrne, 17, from Clitheroe, is among the top young climbers in the country and has already represented Great Britain at international level.
Burnley’s Jake Ashworth, has played futsal for the North West partially sighted squad for the past two years while Ashton-Lee Whalley from the Beach Club in Blackburn and has won gold medals in competitions in Holland, Northern Ireland and London and has also medalled at the national, north west and Lancashire Championships.
Squash player Bradley Smith from Chorley is the highest ranked player in the under 19s national rankings and has been selected for the England squad for the World Junior Team and Individual Championships.
And swimmer Thomas Gibbs, also from Chorley has set his sights on reaching the Commonwealth Games trials.
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