Mr Campbell, who was on the deciding panel explained: ‘We were all surprised at the number of applications received, considering this was the first funding round and it usually takes a bit more time to raise awareness of a new fund. This shows that there is certainly a need for this funding – the panel were only disappointed that they could not help more of these worthy applicants, but our funds are currently very limited.’
Hannah Moore, one of the young athletes supported by the fund competed in karate in her young years but turned to wheelchair athletics after being diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome. The complications of this debilitating condition led to an amputation of her lower leg in 2016. Following the amputation, her disabled classification has changed and she is now eligible to compete the para-triathlon, which involves swimming, cycling and running. Hannah wants to take up the opportunity to diversify and only six months post operation she is already training on her basic prosthetic, which is now damaged as it is not designed for running. She lives with her mum who does not earn very much so paying for her athletics coaching is difficult and she has no savings for a running blade. Hannah is fundraising for the cost of a running blade and the grant of £1000 will provide 20% of the funding she needs.
Jacob Peters, the British National Champion in the 16 years age group for 50m butterfly, 100m and 200m butterfly who has the ambition to represent GB at the Olympics one day was also supported with a grant for travel costs, equipment and competition entry fees. He explained: ‘There is always a competition or kit that needs to be replaced, the grant will really help with the British Championships coming up. The financial support also means that others believe in me and that helps a lot with the psychological aspects of my training. Thank you all so much.’
The fund will open for applications once again later on in the year, however Mr Campbell and Dorset Community Foundation are hoping to raise more donations to support even more talented sports stars in difficult circumstances.
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