Future Sport helps celebrate successes at the Disability Sports Awards

Since launching Future Sport, grants of an aggregate £17,500 have been awarded to some 50 youngsters in the North East. These are spread over a wide range of sports and throughout the region. Feedback has been positive and the support is helping many to progress in their sporting careers. One example is Emma Peters (Alpine skier) from South Tyneside who received a grant in September 2012. She has been selected to represent GB at the World Junior Freestyle Championships in Italy, and currently holds two British Ski Cross titles.

 

Chris David, GB Moguls Ski Team manager and head coach, comments: “I believe by next Winter Olympics Emma will be the number one ski cross athlete.”

 

For the last two years, Future Sport has sponsored the Young Male and Young Female categories in the North East Disability Sports Awards event. This has received coverage on BBC’s Look North and ITV’s Regional News bulletins.

 

In February 2014, Peter Slater (CX Future Sport) presented the latest awards to Megan Atkinson (swimming) and Ryan Spencer (karate) at the ceremony held at the Durham Centre.

 

The Young Male Achiever Award – Ryan Spencer from Chester-le-Street

 

A member of Sendai Kushiro Karate Club, Ryan represented his country on both European and world stage in 2013 despite suffering from rare bone disease hereditary multiple exostoses - a condition that sees lumps growing on their bones and only affects just one in every 50,000 people.

 

Ryan has already had four operations as surgeons cut away at the excess bone which can cause growth problems. But, after taking up the contact sport as a child, the Lord Lawson pupil, of Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, has won countless karate competitions, including picking up his first dan black belt grading at the first attempt. He currently holds the title for National Kumite Champion 2013 and picked up Best Overall Junior Competitor at the same finals.

 

The Young Female Achiever Award – Megan Atkinson from Peterlee

 

It’s been a golden year for all-round athlete Megan Atkinson. In the swimming at the World Dwarf Games in Michigan, USA, she won gold in the 100m backstroke, 200m and 100m individual medley events, as well as two silver medals. In the National Dwarf Games she won a further four gold medals in the pool as well as seven medals in track and field events. Her most impressive haul however was at the National Youth and Junior Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, where she picked up a massive nine gold medals.