Hampshire Talented Athletes shine in Gold, Silver and Bronze on the Gold Coast
Ten athletes from the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme – past and present – have been going for gold at the Commonwealth Games. Seven reached the podium, achieving ten medals in total.
The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) supports athletes to reach their goals and aspirations. It provides financial support, sport science workshops, access to training facilities and fast-track physiotherapy. The scheme is funded by Hampshire County Council and managed by Energise Me.
A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said:
“Our congratulations go to all of the past and current HTAS athletes who have achieved a fantastic range of bronze, silver and gold medals on the Gold Coast. We are proud to fund the Hampshire Talented Athletes Scheme as we know how much of a difference the scheme makes in providing athletes with an important range of support to help them achieve their sporting potential. We look forward to seeing more HTAS athletes bring medals home to Hampshire from future events.”
Among the athletes currently receiving grant support are Gemma McArthur and Chris Gregory from Hart. Gemma qualified for the final of the 10m Platform Diving event in her first Commonwealth Games outing. Chris and his teammate reached the Beach Volleyball semi-finals and were pipped to Bronze by New Zealand brothers Ben and Sam O’Dea.
Chris Gregory said:
“Since starting in the sport there’s been so many highs and lows on and off the court! We’ve faced many challenges as a team… funding being at the forefront of the obstacles we’ve faced. Energise Me, as my local county support, have been incredible as they’ve helped with my training in access to facilities, networking, and financially supported me to reach some of the tournaments we need to compete in during each season. It makes me proud to represent my county as well as my country.”
Track Cyclist Joe Truman from East Hampshire is one of the scheme’s non-grant supported athletes who receive access to leisure facilities and services. He pedalled his way to Silver in the Team Sprint in the velodrome.
Former HTAS medallists included Alice Tai and Olivia Breen who won Gold in Para Swimming (S9 100m Backstroke) and Para Athletics (T38 Long Jump) respectively. Alice scooped a further Silver medal in the S9 100m Freestyle, while Olivia became the only competitor to win medals across track and field with Bronze in the T38 100m.
Winchester’s Kelly Simm achieved Silver in the Team Gymnastics event and Bronze in the Beam and Test Valley’s David McBeath scooped Bronze in the Team Table Tennis.
Our golden Olympians, cyclist Dani Rowe and England Hockey captain Alex Danson, added to Hampshire’s medal tally with well-earned Bronze medals.
Harry Stow from Energise Me said:
“We’re really proud of the Hampshire Talented Athletes. We have followed their progress from an early age and have witnessed the dedication and commitment they have shown to their sport. Being selected and winning medals is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.”