Rory Howorth (Athletics)

I am truly honoured and grateful to receive this recognition and the grant will really help me to pursue my dream of becoming an elite athlete. Combined events by its very nature involves mastering numerous track and field disciplines and specific kit is required for each event category. In addition travel and accommodation costs are significant, as major competitions are often held over two days at venues around the country and in Europe. This award will help me considerably on my journey to become a top UK decathlete. Thank you.

 Yasmin Kaashoek (Volleyball)
I’ve been playing volleyball for many years now, however when I was 14 I left home to attend a specialist sports academy which is where my volleyball grew. I was introduced to beach volleyball and over the 4 years I have been to many international competitions abroad for example the U17 World Championships where we placed 9th, two U18 & U22 Europeans Championships and three Rio Olympic qualifiers. This year I have been to the U22 Europeans Championships in Austria and in a couple of weeks time (12th July) I will be flying out to Miami on a training camp. From there i will be flying to the Bahamas to represent England in the Youth Commonwealth Games. 

I am very grateful to have been given a grant by Doing It For Dan as it has realised financial pressure as beach volleyball is a mostly self funded sport. By receiving the grant, it will allow to attend more training camps, competitions both home and abroad as well kit and travel expenses. 

Thank you so much for giving me a grant to help me further my career in volleyball, I am very grateful for your support.
 Libby Seed (Event Pony Rider)
“Thank you so much to ‘Doing it for Dan’ for you generous donation. The money that I will receive will be used to part fund a Cyclosage massage rug. This will be used on my competition horses to help alleviate the aches and pains that are associated with high level completion and the rigorous training that accompanies it. I am truly grateful to the charity and look forwards to supporting ‘Doing it for Dan’ in the future.”

 Hanna Brant (Sailing)
Hanna is an 18-year-old sailor from Swindon. She started sailing at the age of 8 and so far her greatest achievements include representing Great Britain at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2015 ISAF youth worlds. This year has been extremely busy for Hanna with it being her final year of school and therefore having to sit her A- levels. Despite this, she still managed to qualify for the Great British World and European Championships team, creating a busy summer of competition. With it being her last year in youth sailing, she aims to medal at both events, and Doing it for Dan has enabled her to attend the World Championships and try and achieve her dreams. After this summer she hopes to continue her progression in sailing and hopes to start team racing with the University team and transition into an Olympic Class boat, so she can continue to work towards her dream of competing at the Olympics.

 Spencer Armstrong (Kayak Sprint)
My name is Spencer Armstrong, and I am an international Kayak athlete.

I have represented Great Britain in both Whitewater Racing and Sprint Racing. In Whitewater racing, I have raced at the Junior European and World Championships, and am racing at the Junior Europeans again this year. As a sprint athlete, I have raced at the International Olympic Hopes event and the Junior European Championships. Kayaking is my passion and It has been such a huge part of my life for the past 7 years. Wearing the Great Britain kit is an absolute privilege and I feel honoured to race under the Union flag. I give my all for club and country every time I race and I look forward to the future successes I am striving to achieve.

 Amelia Bissett (Tennis)
The grant that Doing it for Dan has kindly given me will be a big help as I will be able to use it towards the cost of travelling to tournaments in Europe. The grant will go towards hotel costs, flights,food etc.

This will benefit me by playing against the best junior players in the world and will make me become a better tennis player to achieve my goals of playing in Junior Wimbledon next year.
  Freddie Brown (Kayaking)

 I have been kayaking for nearly 3 years now and have recently started to take training for it more seriously, after being selected for the junior European Wild Water Racing Championships last year and realising that it is something that I completely and utterly love. I enjoy the challenge of being able to compete in two different disciplines; these are Wild Water Racing and Flat Water Sprint, the flat water being an Olympic discipline. I love being outdoors, as well as the never ending physical and technical challenges involved in training and racing. My recent selection for the Wild Water Junior World Championships in Austria, has fuelled my desire to compete at the highest level in sprint and white water. With my ultimate aim being to compete at the Olympics in the future.

 Cara Mackay (Gymnastics)

Cara is a 10 year old rhythmic gymnast who has trained with, and represented, Esprit Gymnastics in Swindon, for the past 3 years. She trains over 20 hours each week, as well as competing at various competitions around the country throughout the year. Esprit is a highly respected club within British Gymnastics and, under the guidance of head coach Deb Hows, has produced a number of elite gymnasts, including Stephani Sherlock and Laura Halford. Recently, Cara received an invitation to train with the British under-12 squad and has been offered a place on the English under-12 Aspire squad. She is also hoping to compete at her first international competition later this year. In June, Cara competed at English Championships where she won 3 silver medals, including overall 2nd place. She will also be competing at the British Championships later this month, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Thank you to all involved with Doing it for Dan for supporting Cara on her exciting journey.
   Alisa Wellfair (Gymnastics)

Nine year old Alisa Wellfair began her gymnastics training at Swindon’s elite training centre, Esprit Gymnastics at the age of 3 and by the time she reached 5 was selected for the clubs elite training squad. At 7 she was invited to join Head Coach Deb Hows, in her elite squad and began her career as a Rhythmic Gymnast. Since then Alisa has increased her training to more than 20 hours a week and has already in 2017, become National Grade 5 Champion, Bath Open Champion and been selected for the English National Espoir Squad.

The sport receives no central funding, which means the financial support received from ‘Doing it For Dan’ will enable Alisa to work towards her dream of one day competing for England at the very highest level, in her chosen sport, as well as emulating the success of some of Esprit’s other outstanding Commonwealth Games medalists and British Champions, such as Stephani Sherlock and Laura Halford. 
 Denice Gardo (Swimming)
My name is Denice Gardo, I am 16 years old and have been training with Swindon Dolphin for 12 years. The last two years I have made the jump from being a Regional swimmer to National Qualifier and making a National final in 2016. In 2017 I was invited to join the Swim England Beacon Talent Programme. I have qualified for the British Summer Champs 100 Backstroke & English Home Nations 50 & 200 Backstroke.

I would like to thank ‘Doing it for Dan’ for awarding me with this funding.