Young stars get sporting bursary

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FIVE of the city’s rising sports stars have been given a huge £1,000 boost in funding.

On Monday July 9, the day the Olympic torch visited the area, the MK Community Foundation marked the London Olympic year by launching their first ever Sports Bursaries.

In partnership with Sports Aid the MK Community Foundation Sports Bursaries were presented to five local sports people in Milton Keynes.

Each received an award of £1,000 to help develop their sporting career and the money will contribute towards costs such as competition fees, coaching fees, purchasing new equipment, travel expenses.

The five winners of the bursaries were:

Harry Askey whose bursary was sponsored by thecentre:mk is a local Badminton player and he is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for his age group (U14s).

Isabelle Ferrade is a hugely talented BMX cyclist from Great Linford, already competing in the European and World Championships.

Simon Green, a MENCAP table tennis player from Bletchley, is ranked in the European top five for his disability.

Rebecca Porte, an 18 year old disabled target shooter from Walton Park, is ranked in top five for Great Britain for her age group and disability.

Kayleigh Presswell, a hammer thrower from Wolverton aged 18, is currently ranked in fourth position with Power of 10.