Brentwood Olympic ambassadors named
PUBLISHED: 15:29 12 January 2011
THREE Olympic hopefuls from Brentwood have been named sporting ambassadors for the county.
The talented athletes hoping to compete in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in fencing, triathlon and swimming have been awarded bursaries by Essex County Council under the Team Essex Ambassador (TEA) programme which supports those with the potential compete as recognised by the National Governing Body of Sport.
They are women’s sabre fencing champion Chrystall Nicoll from Wickford who trains in Brentwood and won the British Olympic Association 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year; Brentwood triathlete and Ironman champion Jodie Swallow who trains with Brentwood and Woodford Green athletics club, and Brentwood swimmer Roberto Pavoni.
Each of them, along with ten other athletes across Essex, will be given a sum of £6,500 to help with the costs of training and competing at the highest level, in the hope of giving our country’s potential a sporting boost.
This is the third year of the TEA programme which has already helped 19 other Essex sporting Olympic hopefuls.
As ambassadors for the year they will contribute time to visit schools and community projects inspiring young people across the county to become involved in sport and interested in the London 2012 Games.
Past ambassadors have found themselves starting the London 2012 Open Weekend celebrations, speaking at an International Women’s day event and testing their skills at the Essex Urban Games. Some of the ambassadors have also taken part in the unique Journey to the Podium project where they have been immortalised in a piece of art.
Cllr Stephen Castle, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and the 2012 Games said: “I am delighted that the Team Essex Ambassador programme is able to support local talented athletes as they strive to realise their goal of reaching the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“The ambassador programme enables schools and local communities to meet the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. It is my wish that the athlete’s determination, dedication and desire to reach the 2012 games is a source of inspiration to young people in Essex. ‘
For more information on the scheme or to follow the Team Essex Ambassadors visit www.essexlegacy.org
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