Harrison tipped for future glory

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CITY badminton starlet Harrison Simcock has been hand-picked as a future British Olympian after being chosen to be part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative.

The 16-year-old will receive a cash boost of £1,000 towards training and competing, and is one of only 264 youngsters selected from across England and Wales.

Denbigh School pupil Simcock attended the launch of the 2012 scheme at Wembley Stadium, and admits his recent recognition will be just the confidence boost he needs ahead of a hectic year.

“It was really nice that someone thought I was worth investing their time and money into,” said Simcock – who was also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Olympic Park in East London.

“It’s just great to know that it’s not only your family who are supporting you, but other people think you have a chance of becoming the next big thing.

He added: “It’s also nice to meet people like yourself on the scheme. Everyone has a mutual respect for each other because everyone here is striving to be the best they can be.

“Every bit of help that you can get along the way is welcome and being selected for this is a big boost for me.”

In partnership with SportsAid the Lloyds TSB initiative is designed to ensure more talent reaches the top of their sport.

In total 346 talented athletes are part of the programme, with 82 Bank of Scotland Local Heroes north of the border receiving funding towards training and competing.