30 Jan 2013 Last updated at 00:00

Isle of Wight sport stars backed by council scheme

Forty six sporting stars from the Isle of Wight, ranging from teenage prodigies to veterans have been successfully accepted onto the Isle of Wight Council's Talented Athlete scheme.

In December last year, the local authority announced it was providing grants of up to £400 and free access to its leisure centres to help support the Island's top sporting talent. Wightlink and Southern Vectis are also providing travel incentives as part of the scheme. The scheme was set up after the council’s sports unit secured external funding for a one year talented athlete programme.
After receiving a large response, nearly fifty sportsmen and women in a variety of sports will receive support.

Range of sports
Among the people to receive support is Aidan Doughty who currently plays for the Wightlink Raiders ice hockey team, Nick Percy who is ranked in the world's top ten discus throwers for under 18s, and triathlete Cohan Tyler who is rising through the sports rankings.
Also receiving support is 14 year old Renee Stewart who competes in Deaflympics swimming and Helen Little, also 14 years old who plays wheelchair archery.
Fifty-nine year old Peter Newlands, whose sport is Blokart Landsail racing, has also been accepted onto the scheme, while at the opposite end of the scale, 11 year olds Daniel Cox and Ariela Richardson, who compete in cricket and athletics respectively, will now receive support.

'Proud history'
George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for the economy said; "The Isle of Wight has a proud sporting history, ranging from the two NatWest Island Games we have hosted to producing Olympic medallists such as Louis Attril and Kelly Sotherton.
"I am pleased the council, as well as Wightlink and Southern Vectis, are supporting dozens of our sporting stars to help them reach the next level in their sport and achieve more success."

The full list of sports people accepted onto the scheme are: 

Wheelchair Archery 
Helen Little
Ben Holdsworth  
Freddie Boyce 
Wallis Canning 
Tayler Canning 
Nicholas Percy 
James Forman 
Jessica Andrews 
Ariela Richardson
Carla Plowden-Roberts 
Chris Massey
Blokart Landsail Racing
Peter Newlands 
Daniel Cox
Ben Herridge
Adam Hose
Equestrian - Horse Driving Trials 
Julie Hoskyns
Kieran Fradgley
Conor Richards
Joshua Oddy 
George Faulkner 
Jordan Sundborg
Saskia Janzen 
Tanisha Janzen 

Ice Hockey
Aidan Doughty 
Motorcycle trials 
Becky Cook
Road Cycling & Cyclo-Cross
Rob Bolwell
Rugby Union 7's 
Jaryd Robinson
William Heritage
Sophie Heritage
Dan Atherton
Josh Atherton
Imogen Moss
Matthew Reed
Charlotte James
Luke Herbert
Izabella Blacklock
Deaflympics Swimming
Renee Stewart
Regan Matthews
Millie Coombes
Michael Foulkes
Cohan Tyler
Jack Grundy
Liz Dunlop
Steve Gratton
Stephen Dines
Lewis Ridett

Tanisha Janzen is one Isle of Wight sports star to be accepted onto the Talented Athlete Scheme
Tanisha Janzen is one Isle of Wight sports star to be accepted onto the Talented Athlete Scheme
  • To be accepted onto the scheme, athletes must meet a range of criteria including national rankings, level of competition and be a member of a county or national squad.
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