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SportsAid Awards

Four aspiring sports stars from Northamptonshire have been honoured by the charity SportsAid this month with awards of £500 to help them meet the cost of training and competing.
Rock climber Tara Hayes 18 from Northampton, judoka Jodie Caller 16 from Nether Heyford, rower James Rudkin 18 from Towcester, and tennis player Shakeel Manji 17 from Kettering were all nominated for their SportsAid Awards in recognition of their commitment, performance and potential. The awards have been funded by the Wilson Foundation.
James Rudkin said, “Thank you so much for my Sportsaid Award of £500. I have been selected for the GB team at the Munich Junior International Regatta in May and the funding will help go towards this competition.”
Established in 1976, SportsAid helps promising sportsmen and women during the critical formative years of their careers. Its long list of alumni features many of Britain’s most successful athletes including cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, wheelchair racer David Weir, middle distance runner Dame Kelly Holmes and swimmers Ellie Simmonds and Rebecca Adlington. At the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer the charity anticipates that more than half of Team GB and perhaps as much as two-thirds of the ParalympicsGB team will have had its support.
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