Local athletes selected for LEAP

Five local athletes have been accepted onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) for 2013.

Managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and supported by local authorities, businesses and organisations from across the county, LEAP provides funding and support for talented sportsmen and women in Lincolnshire.

Athlete Harry Baxter and powerlifter Graham Mellor from Horncastle, tennis player Dana Kenneally-Forrester from Woodhall Spa and athlete Kaine Walker from Mareham-le-Fen have all been selected for next year’s programme.

£20,000 will be distributed to 50 athletes who will receive grants between £100 and £1,000 to support their development over the next 12 months.

They will also be invited to a number of training courses and events throughout 2013.

Rachel Belcher, LEAP Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “In 2013, we have pledged to support 50 talented athletes from across Lincolnshire.

“We will support them on their journey to be the best they can be, with financial incentives, training courses and more, to support them in reaching their sporting dream.”

30 different sports are represented on LEAP in 2013 including some of the most popular sports this year such as Athletics, Cycling and Swimming, but also other sports including Alpine Skiing, Archery, Golf and Shooting.

Athletes from all seven districts across the county will receive support from the programme.