ATHLETES in York have been urged to apply for funding to help support their career.

Active York’s Fund For The Gifted Scheme offers financial grants to athletes in the city, and recently presented this year’s recipients with their funding.

The fund aims to assist young talented athletes to achieve their full potential and is open to those who perform in a sport with a National Governing Body that is recognised by Sport England, those who compete at district level or above and who are able to demonstrate they require additional financial and specialist sport support.

Entrants this year covered more than 14 different sports, and Paula Stainton, Active York’s chair, said it showed the amount of sporting talent within the city.

She said: “The successful recipients all show future potential to progress in their chosen sport or are already succeeding at a high level. We were also keen to see that the support would help the individual in a specific aspect of their sport and training.”

The successful recipients of this year’s FFG support were dinghy sailor Ellie Clark, trampolinist Mia Mae Deighton, kickboxer Harvey Fisher, climber Hamish McArthur, athlete Amy Rolfe, rowers Katie Mole and Monty Pilkington, powerlifter Elspeth McLeod, water polo player Matthew Graves and Tia Molesbury, who competes in karate.

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