Hampshire athletes stand tall at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Posted by Andy Goddard
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The Queen's Message for the Commonwealth Games Photo: Glasgow 2014
Eleven Hampshire athletes supported by Hampshire County Council will be competing for their home nation in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Games follow on from Hampshire’s outstanding success at the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games where athletes from the county hauled 10% of the GB medal total.
The athletes will be competing across 17 different sports, some of which will have Paralympic events.
Hampshire will have 28 sports men and women competing, 11 of whom have been supported in their development by the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme.
The scheme is funded by Hampshire County Council and co-ordinated by Sport Hampshire & IoW and aims to help Hampshire’s athletes reach world class podiums.
More than 200 people have been given funding or support through the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) for 2014.
Funds have been doubled thanks to Hampshire County Council’s Olympic Legacy Programme, which was launched in July 2013 with the help of Hampshire-based Olympic gold medal cyclist Dani King.
Glen Ative in the Highlands Photo: Glasgow 2014
HTAS has been given £92,000 per year for the next three years as an investment in Hampshire’s talented athletes as part of the Legacy Programme.
A new element to the HTAS scheme is the expansion of the athlete assemblies.
This programme was piloted in 2012 with athletes visiting schools to speak about their sporting experiences and the upcoming the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The success of this pilot led to the Council providing further investment and this term more than 50 assemblies have been held across the county.
Feedback from both the schools and the athletes has been hugely positive and plans are underway for future assemblies in the new academic term.
Olympic gold medal cyclist Dani King MBE won the cycling team pursuit gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
As a teenager she cycled at the County Council’s Calshot Activities Centre, in the New Forest, before going on to achieve Olympic and World Championship cycling success.
Dani benefited from Hampshire County Council’s Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) early in her career and continues to be an ambassador for Hampshire County Council to help inspire more people to do sport or physical activity.
Dani has been selected to represent Team England in the cycling events and says she feels really proud:
“It’s always an honour to represent your country and this will be my first Commonwealth Games and the first time I have represented England.
“The National Road race was held in Glasgow in 2013 and the crowds were amazing so I’m sure the atmosphere in both the track and on the road will be amazing. I’ll try my best to do everyone proud!
“HTAS has helped me to reach my dream of becoming the best bike rider I can be and I’m forever grateful of the help they gave me when I really needed it.”
Olympic gold medal cyclist Dani King MBE at Hampshire County Council’s Royal Victoria Country Park, helping to keep the 2012 Olympic Legacy alive in the next generation.
Caroline Brownlie, from Winchester is shooting for Team Scotland:
“HTAS has been a great benefit for me in my journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and training towards selection for Great Britain.
“I’ve used the free access to the gym and also the physiotherapy support. I’m proud to represent Hampshire in county competitions and it’s great to share my news of successes.”
Caroline Brownlie, from Winchester, shooting for Team Scotland.
Follow the progress of the athletes competing at the Games using Twitter – @SportHIOW and @Hantsconnect
For more information on the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme visit: www.sporthampshireiow.co.uk/talentedathletes
Current or former members of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme selected for the Games include:
Freya Jones, javelin, Team England (Eastleigh)
Isobel Pooley, high jump, Team England (Hart)
Louise Damen, marathon, Team England (Winchester)
Olivia Breen, long jump, Team Wales (East Hampshire)
Jonathan Dibben, Team England (New Forest)
Dani King, Team England (Eastleigh)
Kelly Simm, Team England (Winchester)
Alex Danson, Team England (Hart)
Andrew Willis, Team England (Hart)
Caroline Brownlie, Team Scotland (Winchester)
Hannah Hicks, Team England (Test Valley)