Ron Pickering grants for Herts Phoenix five

PUBLISHED: 06:46 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Photo: Richard Lane.
Sainsbury's Future Seminar at Lee Valley Stadium. 07/03/2007. 
Claire Humphries with Daley Thompson.

Photo: Richard Lane. Sainsbury's Future Seminar at Lee Valley Stadium. 07/03/2007. Claire Humphries with Daley Thompson.

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FIVE of Herts Phoenix s up and coming youngsters have been awarded grants from the prestigious Ron Pickering Memorial Fund for 2009. The fund was set in memory of the popular TV commentator and athletic coach by his wife Jean, who lives in Welwyn. It is d

FIVE of Herts Phoenix's up and coming youngsters have been awarded grants from the prestigious Ron Pickering Memorial Fund for 2009.

The fund was set in memory of the popular TV commentator and athletic coach by his wife Jean, who lives in Welwyn.

It is dedicated to assisting aspiring young athletes.

The Herts Phoenix competitors to benefit from the charity are sprinter Jodie Williams, hurdlers Stephanie Gaynor and Claire Humphries, 200m runner and heptathlete Laura Wake and long jumper Katie Caulfield.

All the athletes are extremely grateful for the grants and will use them towards the considerable financial costs incurred in training and competing at regional, national and hopefully, international meetings.

All those young women met the criteria required in order to qualify for an award.

It states that applicants must be either ranked top six nationally and/or be a medal winner at the English Schools' or National Championships.

To also qualify for the fund the teenagers had shown by their attitude and dedication that they possess the qualities which will ensure the growth and protection of sport.

The initiative has previously supported some of the country's top talent.

In fact, 52 of the 67 members of the British athletics team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics had been helped by the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund at sometime during their careers.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can contact Jean or any of the trustees via the www.rpmf.org.uk website.

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