Please read all about the new young people that we’re delighted to support with grants to help them achieve great things in the sports they love.
Again we would like to thanks all or our followers, supports and fundraisers as without you all this wouldn’t be possible.
Arabella Sear-Watkins (Figure Skater)
“I really appreciate the support from Doing it for Dan and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities the grant will lead to. The support provided means that I can take part in extra dance lessons each week, furthering my education and progression in dance.”
Thank you again for the support. I really appreciate it.
Joshua Bailey (Squash)
My name is Harry Cunningham and I am a 15 year old county and national athlete. I am a member of Swindon Harriers and have been part of the Wiltshire team at regional and national competitions. This summer I was selected to compete at English Schools National Track and Field Competition for 800m along with 15 of the best runners in the country.
At the end of this season I was ranked 25th in England for 800m and I am the Wiltshire Champion for both 300 and 800m.
While track is my favourite discipline, I also compete in cross country. I am the current Swindon Schools Champion and competed for Wiltshire at the National Schools Cross Country in Leeds earlier this year.
I train 5 to 6 times a week and have recently stepped this up in order to work on my endurance as I move into U17s. This year my aim is qualify for English Schools again.
I am very grateful to be a funding recipient from Doing it for Dan; this will help with entry fees, as I plan on competing indoor this season, and equipment. Many thanks.
Megan Wright (Triathlon)
Amelia is 13 years old, she has been a hockey goal keeper for 1 ½ years. Earlier this year she was nominated to the England Hockey Pathway to attend Avon Junior Development Centre and has since gone through to Avon Junior Academy Centre. Last year she started playing senior hockey playing for Bath Buccaneers Ladies 5 XI, this season she has also played for the Ladies 4 XI and Ladies 3 XI. She trains three times a week in all weather! The funding from Doing it for Dan will go a long way to replace some of her goal keeping kit from junior to senior kit which will give her much better protection when playing for the Bath Buccaneers Ladies.
Ben Clarke-Leach (Ice Hockey)
Thank you so much for your grant, Ben is over the moon and is determined to make you proud.
Ben’s next trial for South West is on the 12th October in Cardiff and his next trial is the 26th in Sheffield followed by another South West tournament the next day.
Once again thank you for supporting Ben in his quest for the England U13’s team.
Zoya Gustaffson (Taekwondo)
I have been competing nationally across the UK since the age of 14. I’ve won the Wiltshire County Club Championships every year since 2011 for both 100m and 200m and I currently hold the U15 Championship Record Best for 100m and 200m. I also won the Wiltshire Area Schools for seven consecutive years when I was attending school. I’ve also won the South West Inter Counties Championships in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 for both 100m and 200m. I have represented Wilshire 7 times at the at the English Schools Athletics Track & Field Championships in both 100m,200m and 4 x 100m relay.
I’ve also competed at the England Athletics Age Group Championships and made it through the heats and semi finals to gain a spot in the final.
I’m lucky enough to have earned an Northern Ireland vest and Northern Ireland U20 at the Belfast International where England, Wales and Scotland were invited to bring their strongest teams to compete against one another. 2014 was a great year for me, I won the Northern Ireland Championships for U18 for 100m and 200m. It also put me in silver position in the U19 competition. In 2015 I was also to become a silver medalist in 100m and 200m in the U19 age category and finish in a bronze medal position in the senior 200m. I’ve competed in the Athletics Ireland Junior / U23 Championships and finished in 2nd to achieve a silver medal.
When it’s the indoor season, I focus on 60m. I had been the South West of England Champion when I was U20. I was also a 60m finalist in the All Ireland indoor Championships for 60m.