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Two South Wiltshire athletes getting help towards sporting dreams

Two South Wiltshire athletes getting help towards sporting dreams

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:15am 9th March 2020.

3 minute read

Lucy-Jane Matthews and Fenella Langridge are among those given grants from Wiltshire Council.

The pair are among 11 people from across the county to be supported through the 'Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians' scheme.

That's been running for the last eight years, since the London Games in 2012, to help Wiltshire's sporting talent with things like training, competing and equipment.

Wiltshire Council Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Fund Gala Event March 2020 Colin Jackson
Olympic medallist and former World Champion sprint hurdler Colin Jackson was the guest of honour to hand over the grants

Colin Jackson shared his experiences during a gala evening to announce the latest support for Wiltshire's budding sports stars at County Hall in Trowbridge.


Salisbury hurdler Lucy-Jane Matthews was given a £1,000 boost to help her progress in the sport. 

There was also a £1,000 grant for Shrewton triathlete, Fenella Langridge: 

Other £1,000 grants went to athletes from across the rest of Wiltshire:

  • Dan Bethell - para badminton
  • Amelia Bissett -tennis
  • Lauren Booth - para cycling
  • Hannah Brown - sprint canoe
  • Jessica Daykin - gymnastics
  • Tom Gale - athletics
  • Stephanie Millward MBE - para swimming
  • Emily Rowlands - hockey
  • Sarah Wilson - modern pentathlon 

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: 

"Special nights like this ensure our local athletes feel supported by the whole of the county and it inspires them to reach for the highest accolades in their chosen sport. 

"We are proud to host this unique event and I have to thank the businesses, all our sponsors and everyone that attended for their support and the huge amount raised."

Salisbury cheerleading team Phoenix Stars were also at the gala event to show off their skills: 


The event at County Hall was also a fundraiser to ensure the fund can keep going into future years.

A total of £46,617 has been put towards the scheme for the next programme, thanks to sponsors, a raffle and silent auction.

You can find out more about the Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians fund on the Wiltshire Council website.

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