8 Athletes Benefit From The Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme

News From Orkney Islands Council

orkney-flagEight elite sportspeople from Orkney have been awarded a grant aimed at helping athletes meet travel costs associated with pursuing their sporting goals and ambitions.

Following an application process, the local sportspeople selected to receive the Islands Athlete Travel Scheme – supported by sportscotland and each of the three island councils in Scotland – are:

  • Tommy Ballantine, 15 – badminton.
  • Shannon Pasotti, 15 – rugby.
  • Ross Sinclair,16 – weight lifting.
  • Olga Hamilton, 40 – cycling.
  • Nairn Hall, 15 – football.
  • Glen Brough, 17 – rugby.
  • Andrew Torbet, 15 – squash.
  • Zara Flett, 15 – netball.

The Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme offers support to athletes of up to £1,500 to help them meet travel costs associated with living in an island community.

This is the second year of a three-year pilot of the scheme aimed at supporting high-performing athletes from across Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles to attend a higher standard of training and competition. sportscotland provides each of the three local authorities with £10,000, with each council contributing £2,000 of their own funding plus management and administrative support to the scheme.

As part of the application process for 2019, athletes had to set out their personal ambitions, as well as demonstrate how the grant will be used to improve their performance, allow them to access training opportunities and take part in higher standard competitions. The aim is to provide islands-based athletes every opportunity to progress in their chosen sport.

The Island Athlete Travel Award scheme is just one of the programmes aimed at ensuring that Orcadian athletes have the opportunity to progress in sport.

sportscotland in partnership with the Pickaquoy Centre also provides a package of support through a performance development programme aimed at developing identified young athletes.

To find out more about the scheme contact Education, Leisure and Housing Services by calling 01856873535 or by email to education.leisure@orkney.gov.uk

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