Cash boost for Dartford’s Olympic hopefuls

PUBLISHED: 13:34 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:34 18 May 2015

Kate Curran

Kate Curran


Grant from Kent County Council will help performers

Sports players from Dartford who hope to represent Great Britain in the Olympics and Paralympics are to receive funding from Kent County Council to help with their training.

The four are among 44 men and women across the county who will receive donations after being nominated by their sports’ national governing bodies.

They are equestrian Emma Kent, volleyball player Jake Sheaf, triathlete Kate Curran and boxer Hayley Ward.

Jake has been chosen to represent Team GB in the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, next month.

Kate is a member of the England development squad and ranked number one in her age group, and is a former national duathlon champion. Emma is a member of the GB world-class development paradressage squad and a former national dressage champion.

Other recipients include skier Millie Knight, Britain’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian; decathlete Martin Brockman, who took part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games; Paralympians and London 2012 table tennis medallists Will Bayley and Ross Wilson; and synchronised swimmer Jodie Cowie, who is also representing Britain in the European Games.

KCC has provided funding to top sports players for the past seven years.

Barbara Cooper, corporate director for growth, environment and transport, said: “I am delighted that we are able to support a number of Kent’s talented sports performers with grants, and hope that this support will assist them in their ambitions to be successful at world level.”

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