Vote now to give a county youngster a sporting chance
12:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Latest Sport News
OUR hunt for three young sport stars of tomorrow has entered the final phase and now it is down to you to judge who should receive grants from the Gazette & Herald-backed charity Bag4Sport Foundation.
A panel of judges including Gazette & Herald sports editor Owen Houlihan, Devizes Mayor Pete Smith, Pete Hickerton from PH Camps and Bag4Sport director Andy Trusler have whittled entries down to two from each of the Gazette & Herald edition areas.
Now you get the chance to vote for your favourite.
Trusler said: “We found it so difficult to get the numbers down that we have decided that in addition to giving £500 to each of the winners we will give £100 to the three runners-up.”
Don’t forget, we’re looking for one winner from each of the three edition areas.
To vote for your favourite, email firstname.lastname@example.org and give the name of your chosen person or vote at bag4sportco.uk.
The closing date for votes is Friday, October 11 with the winners announced in the Gazette & Herald in our October 17 edition
THOSE in the running for the top prize in the Devizes area are golfer Thomas Edwards and athlete Emily Hutchinson.
Thomas, 16, is vice-captain of the junior section at North Wilts Golf Club and an U16 county player.
At the end of August he became 2013 Hills' Wiltshire Junior County Golf Champion.
Emily, 16, represents Team Bath at athletics and is a leading thrower in her age group in the south west.
She takes part in shot putt, discus and javelin.
In June she threw a personal best in the shot putt to take second place in the South West Schools Championship and has also played netball at a regional level.
SOFTBALL player Sam Grafton and tennis player Harriet Eyles are the two youngsters chosen to compete for the top grant award in the Marlborough/ Pewsey area.
Sam, 15, from Pewsey is a member of the Great Britain U19 soft ball team and took part in the European Championships this summer.
He took up the sport aged nine and played for Swindon but is now a member of the Oxford club.
Harriet, 11, is ranked sixth in the country in the U11 age group.
She represents Wiltshire at U12 and U14 level and is also part of the South West U12 regional squad.
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JUDGES had the hardest job of all trying to decide the two candidates for the north Wiltshire prize – but finally whittled it down to cyclist Lauren Booth and athlete Gemma Shepherd.
Gemma, 15, is a member of both Team Bath and MADJA and specialises in cross country running.
In July she finished fourth in the 1500m in the English Schools’ Championship in Birmingham in a personal best time and won the Wiltshire Schools Championship for the same event.
Lauren, 12, was born with cerebral palsy but that has not stood in her way of competing in cycle races for both disabled and able-bodied athletes.
She is a member of Chippenham Wheelers and trains in Newport with the Federation of Disability Sports Wales.
She has just been nominated by Welsh Cycling for a 2013 award in the paracyclist category.
Competing against able-bodied cyclists she came second in the Castle Combe series and in the South Regional Championships.
SEE THIS WEEK'S GAZETTE & HERALD FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR STARS OF TOMORROW VOTE
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