Talented Cornish young people receive funding

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The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth provided support amounting to £10,700 in its April funding round to twelve of Cornwall’s most talented young people.  The Fund supports individuals who have already shown great promise but who need additional resources to achieve exceptional performance and success.

Successful applicants included athlete Ben Kent who specialises in the triathlon. Ben is ranked 5th in the Tempus Cornwall Triathlon series out of 273 competitors over all male age groups and is ranked 3rd in his age group (17-39) He represented Team GB in the World Championships in Mexico in 2016. The support from the Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth will enable Ben to realise his next ambition to win a medal at an international event.

Another athlete successful in her application for funding was pole-vaulter Molly Caudery who has become ranked No. 1 in the UK in her age group and No. 2 in the world.  Molly enjoyed a very successful 2016 season culminating in her winning to win the prestigious Sainsbury’s UK School Games title at Loughborough University.

Tad Maclean whose LTA ranking is No 1 in Cornwall U16, No 1 in SW U16 and No 14 in GB U16. Tad also has a world ranking of 1589 in U18 (achieved as a result of LLF funding). He hopes to gain a place and a scholarship at an American tennis university. The funding will enable him to compete in international tournaments.  Tad says, “I am so proud to have a World ranking and this has been made possible due to the support I have been given by the Lord Lieutenant’s Fund. The money enables me to play international tennis tournaments and hopefully has started me on a ladder of progression which will take me to the top.”  Tad has improved his world ranking from 2049 to 777.

From the world of music, Joshua Hughes is a musician specialising in the organ.  He has been awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire and the Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth supported equipment needed for Josh’s study at the Conservatoire. dancer, currently studying her second year for BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She has been offered a placement with the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv and seeks help from the LLF to cover the

Talented young contemporary dancer Petronella Wiehahn who is currently currently studying her second year for BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, has been offered support to enable her to take up a placement with the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv.

The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth welcomes applications from talented young Cornish people.  The deadline for applications 27th of September 2017 and the panel meet to discuss eligible applications on the 1st November 2017.  For further details, please visit the how to apply page.

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