Rotary boost for young athletes

PUBLISHED: 11:24 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

Hatfield Rotary Club president John Perrin, centre, with Laura and Emily and rotarians Terry Higgs, Nick Evans and Brian Billinghurst

Hatfield Rotary Club president John Perrin, centre, with Laura and Emily and rotarians Terry Higgs, Nick Evans and Brian Billinghurst

THE track to the 2012 London Olympics could begin in Times Territory for two budding athletes. Hatfield Rotary Club secured Rotary Olympic Sports Scholarships and presented them to two young athletes, Laura Wake and Emily Stevens, who aim to land gold med

THE track to the 2012 London Olympics could begin in Times Territory for two budding athletes.

Hatfield Rotary Club secured Rotary Olympic Sports Scholarships and presented them to two young athletes, Laura Wake and Emily Stevens, who aim to land gold medals in four years time.

Both girls, who are members of the Herts Phoenix Athletic Club, will now be supported in their training and development right through until 2012 thanks to the Hatfield club.

Each will receive £500 in funding and the pair both received the first of their cheques at a presentation held at Hatfield's Next Generation Club.

Rotary Club president John Perrin said: "We are delighted that our two nominations have been successful. We look forward to their increasing and continued success."

Sixteen-year-old Emily, of Hertford, competes in the 300m hurdles, and won a silver medal at the National Under-17s Championships held in Sheffield in August.

Ware resident Laura, also 16, runs the 200m and also competes in the heptathlon.

David Rice, senior coach at Herts Phoenix Athletic Club, trains the pair, who are students at Presdales School in Ware. He said: "They are both very hard working and talented athletes with great potential.

"They are worthy recipients of the scholarships which continue towards the 2012 Olympic Games.

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