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Bursaries handed out to young athletes and artists from the Royal Borough

Bursaries handed out to young athletes and artists from the Royal Borough

Philip Dewey

Bursaries handed out to young athletes and artists from the Royal Borough

A celebration of sports and arts in the Royal Borough was marked with the handing out of more than 90 bursaries to athletes and artists.

The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, gave out bursaries of varying amounts to 66 sports players, three sports coaches and 25 artists.

The annual event, held at the adiZone outdoor gym at Braywick Park, in Maidenhead, on Tuesday, was aimed at promoting the vast and diverse talent in the borough, with bursaries funded jointly by the council and the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, which owns the Advertiser.

Helen Preedy, Royal Borough sports development officer, said: "The event was about celebrating the sport and art we have in the borough and the recipients are really pleased so hopefully we will be able to follow up with them and see how they are using the bursaries.

"I have been involved with bursaries for a number of years and it's great to see young people coming through. The Paralympian Sophie Christiansen is just one of the stars who received bursaries in the past."

Also honoured at the event were 24 athletes from the Royal Borough's team at the European Twins Town Competition in Bad Godesberg, in Germany, who won the competition overall.

A special lifetime achievement award was given to former Great Britain Olympic hammer thrower and BBC commentator Paul Dickenson, for his services to Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletics Club, in Pococks Lane, Eton.

Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East), cabinet member for leisure and libraries, and Peter Murcott and Peter Sands from the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust, also attended the event.

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