Two young Louth sportswomen have been given a boost after receiving funding from the Colin Blades Memorial Fund.
Fencer Amber Moss and Triathlete Emily Patch were presented with the sponsorship at by Lee Mamwell and Guy Shufflebotham from the fund.
Amber Moss has represented England and Team GB Fencing for the past four years. Competing both in and outside Europe, she has, this year, qualified for the European and World Championships and has been selected for the World Class Talent Programme by British Fencing.
As a result of this opportunity, Amber travels to London regularly, where she trains at the internationally acclaimed Lee Valley Stadium. There she has access to the best coaching and the latest nutritional and psychological techniques designed for elite athletes.
This week Amber has been placed on a selection list for the Commonwealth Games due to be held in July 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Aspiring to represent Team GB in the 2020/2024 Olympic Games, she looks to emulate sporting stars, such as Valentina Vassili and Jessica Ennis-Hill (who has the same physio!).
Aside from her fencing achievements, Amber is currently taking four A-Levels: psychology, philosophy and ethics, and sport (double award). She is also in the final stages of an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).
Emily Patch has represented Lincolnshire numerous times for English Schools Cross Country and at swimming in The National Team Championships.
After only competing in two triathlons, (she came first in one and second in the other), Emily has now qualified to represent Team GB in the Geneva ÉTU European Championships in July 2015.
Emily’s dedication and commitment has managed to inspire six younger swimmers to the world of Triathlon. Emily hopes to attain Elite level in Triathlon and represent Team GB in the next Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
Both girls were over the moon with the donation which will go towards their travel, training and equipment.