Promising Erewash athletes are quids in thanks to ICON bursaries

Justin Taylor-Tipton is a highly promising freestyle skier and has benefited from the ICON scheme.
Justin Taylor-Tipton is a highly promising freestyle skier and has benefited from the ICON scheme.

Some of the most promising Erewash sports stars will be presented with grants to help them with costs as they develop their sporting careers.

The young athletes will each receive a cash bursary from Derbyshire Sport through its ICON Talented Athlete Fund. They will be presented with the money during a ceremony at Long Eaton Town Hall on Wednesday, January 28.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, will present the bursaries and the athletes will also receive free access to all the council’s leisure centres to help with their training.

Cllr Wallis said: “We have a wealth of sporting talent here in Erewash and so we are always delighted to support the Talented Athlete Fund.

“The grants offer vital support towards the training costs of these young people as they work hard to achieve their sporting goals.

I wish them all well as we all look to see more and more Erewash athletes competing on the international stage across the whole range of sports.”

Among those being given grants are:

Joseph Hazeldine (ice hockey)

The 13-year-old from Ilkeston plays for Nottingham Ice Hockey Club where he was part of the England under-13s squad that reached the quarter final in the Peewee Junior Tournament and was also selected for the England under-14s, who claimed fourth in the Hockey World Tournament.

Justin Taylor-Tipton (skiing)

The 14-year-old from West Hallam is a member of the SFC Club and practices with the national Park and Pipe Academy, as well as competing all over the UK and in Europe.

He took fifth place at the British Indoor Championships in the slope style event and claimed a silver medal at the British Championships in half pipe.

Ben Wade (football)

The 13-year-old from Long Eaton plays with the East Midlands Centre of Excellence for the Deaf and Partially Sighted. He was selected after a two-week trial and competes against other Centres of Excellence from across England.

Kevin Wallbank (swimming)

Kevin, 18, lives in Chilwell but is a member of Long Eaton Swimming Club and Derventio eXcel.

He is also a member of the England Talent Development Programme and was third in the British Championships in the 100m and 200m junior butterfly finals.

Erewash Borough Council is a member of ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games in Derbyshire.