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Junior Sportsmen & Women

Up and coming Junior talent ...

A very strong set of applications for Grant Aid, Scholarships plus consideration for the 2016 Junior Sportswoman Sportsman awards were received. These were reviewed and tough decisions made resulting with a selection invited to the Sports Awards at the Apollo Hotel in March and others attending a mayors reception the following week.

Junior Ladies - Finalists

Rebecca Bullock (Athletics)
Rebecca finishing the Hampshire & Hampshire Schools plus South of England Championship 800m 1st, qualifying for English Schools 800m with a national standard time. Gained club records at 800m & 1500m, achieved English Grade 1 800m & 1500m, 1st at Aldershot schools Cross Country, 1st Hampshire Schools, 2nd Hampshire championships plus qualified for Hampshire & English Schools. Also part of succesful Basingstoke U17 Athletic team and a medalist at South of England & English Nationals. 

 Amelia Cook (Athletics)

In 2016, Amelia represented Hampshire in shotput at the English Schools Championship and Hampshire Inter-Counties.  She is undefeated in the shotput both in the Wessex and Alder Valley Leagues and won gold at the ISA National Championships, setting a new national record for her age group along the way.  She is a role model for younger athletes, always willing to give her time and support.

Maddie Deadman (Athletics, Swimming/Biathle)

Maddie is the Hampshire Cross Country Champion and a member of the Hampshire Team that achieved silver in the National Schools Cross Country and Inter Schools Girls Team Gold. Maddie also won the National Biathle Championship and qualifies for the World Biathle Championship where she won the u17 title and mixed relays.

Mair Edwards (Athletics)

Mair is a member of the British Athletics GB Juniors squad, and is ranked UK No. 1 for the 200m and No. 3 for 300m. She is the UK National 200m Champion, English Schools Champion and UK School Games Champion. A highlight of the year was to represent team GB Juniors in the 4x400m at the Manchester International against top senior UK athletes and come away with a silver medal in her first ever run at this distance.

Jessica Gill (Ice Skating)

Jessica passed her NISA Level 9 field moves test and competed 11 times in 2016, achieving a podium finish 7 times. She won gold at an International event in Denmark and exceeded the qualifying score for the British Championships. Jessica assists in the organising and choreography of the Basingstoke Ice Skating Club Show Team and is always willing to help others at training sessions.

Molly Goffin (Swimming)

Molly reached the ASA National Championship Final for 200m and achieved 6th place, setting a personal best. She is the Hampshire Schools Senior Girls 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 400m IM Champion, and bronze medallist in 100m and 200m backstroke. She is a role model within the club and also mentors younger swimmers.

Zara Hughes-White (Karate)

In 2016 Zara got her black belt after passing both theory and practical examinations and was invited to Dublin to compete in the World Karate Championship where she won Team Fighting Gold and placed 12th in the individual Kata. She also won two bronze medals at the Karate Wales Youth Championships and learnt a 6th Dan Black Belt Kata called suparempei along with developing her coaching of the junior squad.

Megan Kealey (Gymnastics – Tumbling)

In 2016 Megan won Team Gold at the European Championships, Silver at the British Championships in Liverpool, and was selected for the National Squad. She is a positive role model for other athletes and, despite an injury, she is now training towards the Worlds in 2018 and the Senior Championships in 2017. Megan also completed her coaching certificate in 2016 and offers her knowledge to other gymnasts.

Kaitlin Lafferty (Gymnastics – Tumbling)

Kaitlin was part of the GB Junior tumbling team that won Team Gold at the European Championships in Spain in March 2016. She quickly followed this with a Gold medal at the British Championship Qualifier in April and was a strong contender for a medal at the British Championships but was badly injured during podium training and was unable to compete.

Anaya Patel (Table Tennis)

Anaya represented England in the Euro Minis Championship and is on the England Youth Squad Observation List.   As a Berkshire County representative. Anaya plays in Division 1 and also the Junior British League Division 1 U18s.  Anaya is ranked top in the County of Berkshire in U13, U15 and U18.

Isabel Pinder (Athletics)

After becoming Hampshire Champion in U13 High Jump and 800m, Isabel then won her first Pentathlon. Ranked U13g UK No.1 for high jump, second for 600m and 12th for Pentathlon Isabel also represented Hampshire in the Derek Crookes Southern Inter County Match and the County Sports Hall Semi-finals and broke the Basingstoke and Mid Hants U13 record for high jump when she won Hampshire Schools.

Rebecca Poole (Athletics and Biathle)

Rebecca had a successful 2016 winning the South East Schools 1500m Steeplechase, and taking bronze at the South-East Intercounty 1500m steeplechase whilst representing Hampshire. She placed 13th at the English Schools Championship, 3rd at the National Cross Country Relays and 2nd in the South of England Road Relays. Rebecca also achieved 6th place at the World Biathle in Florida as part of Team GB who placed second overall.

Hannah Smith (Tennis)

Competing for Great Britain in 6 tournaments during the 2016 season, Hannah is ranked UK No. 1 in the Girls 12 and under age group. During 2016 she competed regularly across Europe, winning 4 European titles on the way. Hannah also won the Winter National Tour Finals, was a semi-finalist in the Summer National Tour, and was part of Team GB when they won the overall team award at the Auray Super Challenge in France.

Jessica Sutton (Modern Pentathlon)

As a member of the Modern Pentathlon Team GB National B Youth Squad Jessica is ranked 9th in the UK and continues to achieve top 10 finishes in all national competitions.   Jessica is part of the English Talent Programme and highlights for 2016 include Biathle World Tour Champion, 10th place in the Olympic Hopes, Prague and 12th place in the Youth B International.

Poppy Wheway (U18s Girls Rugby)

In 2016, Poppy represented Hampshire County U18 Girls and also England U18 Talent Development Group. In April 2016 she represented England U18s TDG v Canada. She is a strong and confident team player who excels in a competitive environment and is a real asset to the Hampshire County Girls U18 team. Poppy always leads by example and gives 100% in training and matches.

Talented Sportwomen invited to the Mayors reception the following week are - 

Amber Clare (Athletics)

Amber won a silver medal in the 300m at the Hampshire Championships and was part of the Hampshire 4x300m team. She was a club representative in the adult league and achieved a PB in the shotput with a throw of 11.36m. Amber also runs on Saturday mornings at the Basingstoke Park Run to improve stamina and attends regular sessions and the BMHAC track.

Ayomide Cole (Athletics)

Ayomide reached the u13g finals of the 100m, 200m and Long Jump at the Hampshire Championships and went on to be selected to represent the county at the Derek Crookes inter-county competition in 100m and the 4x100m relay. Ayomide finished the season as one of the top 5 sprinters and long jumpers in Hampshire.

Xanthe Esslemont (Aerobic Gymnastics)

Xanthe achieved 8th place at the 2016 Southern Region Aerobic Gymnastics FIG Group 1 IW Group 12-14 years, and attended the 2016 UEG Aerobic Gymnastics Training Camp in Italy. She improved her benchmark scores in 2016 and achieved a personal best in the British Championships.

Samantha Girle (Swimming)

Samantha is part of the Rushmoor Royal Swimming Club and won 6 different events in the open age group. She made the British Nationals, finishing 11th in 200m Backstroke. At the English Nationals she finished 4th in 800 freestyle, 5th 100 backstroke, and 8th 400 freestyle. At the South East Regional competiton Samantha finished 2nd in the 200 backstroke and 3rd in 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. 

Isla Haynes (Swimming)

Isla qualified for the Southern Regional Championships and County Championships in the 13 year old age group and now has 8 Regional and 14 County qualifying times for this year in the under 13 category for all strokes and also has some Under 14 automatic qualifying and consideration times. Isla has also achieved a number of club records this year, including 100m Fly, 200m Fly, 800m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

Isla Hignett (Tennis)

Isla was runner-up at the Winchester Spring Open and reached the semi-finals at the Hampshire County Closed Cup Championship. She won the 14 and under county event in Bracknell for doubles, and reached the finals and semi-finals for other events. She competed in the Basingstoke District Tennis League for Overton. Isla is also a successful table tennis player and is top seed for her school.

Sophie Jarrett (U15s Girls Rugby)

In 2016, Sophie represented Hampshire County U15 Girls and also became an England squad member for the U16s Talent Development Group. She gained a place in the SE Divisional U15 side and was an inspirational Club Captain, always leading by example, and giving 100%. Her outgoing captain speech at the end of season dinner was exceptional and she was an inspiration to all that listened.

Charlyne Lebosse (Swimming)

In 2016 Charlyne reached the Nationals and was part of a medley team that were Hampshire Champions. She placed 4th in the South East Region and was part of a medley team who won gold in the Hampshire and IOW Swimming Championships for Secondary Schools - subsequently finishing 15th in the Final at the Olympic Pool. Charlyne also competed in the South East Region Winter Championships in all fly events.

Julia Lebosse (Swimming)

At the 2016 Hampshire Counties Swimming Championships Julia won 2 golds (medley relays and 50m free), 1 silver (200 breaststroke) and a bronze (400 IM), reaching a total of 5 finals. At the South East Region swimming championships she again reached three finals. Julia is the fastest overall in the age 14 category at her Club for the 6th consecutive year. Julia also competed in the South East Winter Championship in the 50 free and 200 breaststroke.

Daniella Nash-Oliver (Athletics)

Daniella Represented Hampshire in Discus at the Derek Crookes u13 inter counties match, and Basingstoke at the Hampshire schools u13/14 championships where she placed 3rd. At the Hampshire Championship she finished 6th in the 800m and 2nd in the Discus. She is age ranked 28th in the UK for discus and has a high pb for javelin. She is particularly strong in the throws and is keen to learn the technical events.

Annabel Rand (Rugby)

Annabel worked hard to gain a place in the Hampshire U15 Girls Performance squad which led to representing Hampshire in the Under 15 girls team on two occasions in 2016. Through this experience, she gained new friendships with other county players and is looking forward to further success in Rugby as her career progresses.

Emily Rogerson (Swimming)

Emily exceeded her goals in 2016, improving her personal best times across all events. She is the leading girl within her age category and during the Club Championships she won all of her 16 events, In Hampshire, she is ranked in the top 5 for Breaststroke and Butterfly events and the top 20 in the Region. Emily is focussed on improving her abilities and aims to reach Regional Championships in future years.

Michelle Rounding (Cheerleading, Ice Hockey and Field Hockey)

Michelle was part of the team that won the U16 Girls South Ice Hockey League and then went on to win the League Title. She was also selected for the Bracknell Bees Ladies South Division Ice Hockey Team and in Field Hockey was selected for trials at the Development Centre in Hampshire (she now has an invitation to attend assessments). In Cheerleading, Michelle has moved from a Level 1 team to a Level 3 team within the 2016 season.

Morgan Sadler (Dance)

Morgan was the UK Street Runner up in 2016. Trains every Saturday in London as part of the West End Kids Troupe as well as attending her club training at Footsteps Dance School and BAD. She performed at Windsor Castle for HM Birthday celebrations, West End Live and at the Albert Hall. Morgan is always challenging herself and is a student helper at her Ballet school.

Aimee Slimin (Equestrian – Dressage and Show Jumping)

In 2016 Aimee placed in the top 10 at two national unaffiliated events and has moved on to higher levels in both Show jumping and Dressage disciplines. She had a successful start competing in affiliated show jumping by qualifying for the second round of British Show jumping National Amateur competition. Aimee placed 7th at the Regional Dressage Championships and finished 6th place in a National Qualifier competition.

Daisy Tolhurst (Cheerleading)

Daisy began 2016 by passing her Gymnastics Womens Artistic Regional Level 2 and then a change of sport to obtain a place with the Crimson Heat Tigers who went on to become the 2016 National, European, FC Grand Champions, USA National Champions and USA National Grand Champion cheerleading team. Daisy aims to develop her cheerleading skills in the future coach others.


Junior Men - Finalists 2016

Samuel Childs (Basingstoke Junior Bison)

Samuel was part of the winning u15s team B league champions, and as goalkeeper, he had a major part to play in that success. He received the Coaches award at the end of season and started coaching younger goalies at the Club. In May 2016 Sam was selected for the England U14 training squad and his future goals include taking his level 1 coaching certificate and to continue playing in the South West Conference.

Cameron Coveney (Modern Pentathlon/Biathle)

Over the winter Cameron competed and was placed, top 5 in local XC leagues, winning the local XC series, being picked to run for Hampshire, Hampshire Schools and B&MHAC teams on several occasions. During the summer season he competed for his club in the Alder Valley league series as well as competing in local Biathle/Biathlons, coming 3rd/3rd/4th and overall 5th in the GB Biathle Series. He came 8th in the European Biathle Champs in Portugal in the u15 age group.

Liam Hignett (Tennis)

Liam is the u16 Nike Junior National Doubles Champion and was a Singles quarter-finalist in the Bournemouth British Tour. He played in the Hampshire and IOW u18 mens teams and the County Cup. He won the Hampshire Championships singles cup and is ranked No. 1 in Hampshire for u16, u18. Liam plays for Overton and won every singles match in the regional tennis league.

Caius Joseph (Athletics)

Caius ended the 2016 season ranked 8th in the UK for u20 Pentathlon after a successful season. He was part of the Senior Hampshire Decathlon team and came 5th at the English Schools Finals. At the Hampshire Championships he won gold in Shot Putt and at the County Schools Championships he won gold in 100m and pole vault, and placed fourth in long jump.

Sibi Kumara (Karate)

Sibi was a quarter Finalist in the British 4 Nations Championship and won two golds in the WIKF British and Irish Championship, along with Bronze at the WIKF European Championship. Entering in to a new age category of 13-15, Sibi fought well at the USA Open Champions in Dudley to earn himself a Silver medal.  He is an inspiration to younger members of his club.

Jak Loving (Equestrian- Show Jumping)

In 2016 Jak achieved his main goal of riding at the All England international Jumping Course at Hickstead. He also won both his qualifying classes at Wellington Equestrian to then go on to compete at the Cricklands Junior Championships of GB, where he achieved 8th in the 70cm and 7th in the 75cm class. Jak won over 70 rosettes this year and is a member of the Pony Club Team.

Anthony Parmar (Karate)

Anthony worked tirelessly this year to change his style of fighting as he moved to a higher level. He showed great maturity in realising the necessity to change and this culminated in winning Golds in the last competition (WKUs) using what used to be his weakest techniques (reverse head kick). He also won two golds and one silver in the WIKF British Championships and continues to rise through the categories.

Graeme Richardson (Swimming)

2016 was a great season for Graeme, reaching the Hampshire Counties Full Programme, and gaining Silver in the 200m Breaststroke. He also made the Regionals and Open Winter Regionals and was in the 200m Final. Graeme is ranked first in Hampshire for the 200m Breaststroke. He trains in the pool up to nine times a week and has a dedicated work ethic.

Nathan Rutherford (Basketball)

Nathan was selected by Reading Rockets to play in their National League Under 16’s side (15/16),  and also played for Basingstoke Blizzards U16’s. Since the start of this season (16/17) Nathan has been a regular on the senior team making an impact on all of his appearances. His work ethics and attitude has always been exemplary.

Zane Sewell (Karate)

Zane won bronze at the British Open Karate Championships 14-15yrs open kata category, and at the Wales Youth Open he won silver in the 12-13 category, bronze in 12-14yrs kumite and bronze in team kumite. At the WUKF UK Open Karate Championship he achieved bronze in the 14-15 open kata and bronze in team kumite. Zane is a positive role model to others at his club and is always a proud representative.

Lucas Spiers (Karate)

Lucas was a member of the team that won a Gold medal in the WKU Invitational and won Silver in the individual. He also won team bronze in the EKF All Styles Nationals and reached the third round at the Europeans. Lucas is always a positive role model for others and in his role as sempei (the highest grade student) he teaches part of the lesson. He always shows great etiquette and discipline which sets a great example to the other students.

Alex Stock (Taekwondo)

Alex competed in the 43rd Dutch Open Taekwondo Championships and is ranked no.1 in the Advanced Junior Male-68kg category. He won gold in nine National class competitions and was invited to join the Tag team and the NTC Open. In his final competition of 2016 Alex won gold in a higher weight division and is continuing to grow and develop physically with his tactical and defence skills also developing.

Jack Wyatt (Karate)

In 2016 Jack achieved bronze at three open international competitions; Karate Wales International open, UK Open Karate Championships and the WUKF World Karate Championships. He also won silver at the UK Open Karate Championships and bronze at the Hampshire Open Judo Competition. In December 2016 Jack will sit his first ever black belt grading and he continues to be a member of the STORM (Special Team of Role Models).

Daniel Afitsinski (Karate), Sebastian Courtois (Waterpolo), Jake Davies (Water Polo), Mickey Joyce (Snooker), Ned Kater (Waterpolo), Harry Richardson (Athletics), William Sadler (Swimming) & Brandon West (Water Polo) Will be invited to a Mayors reception as recognition of their achivements


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in partnership with the Local Sports Council provide a grant scheme to assist sports men and women in their efforts to achieve full National, International and Olympic honours. Grants are available to provided assistance with travelling and coaching expenses, qualifications, and equipment and clothing requirements.

Grant Aid application forms are available on request from the Borough Council (01256 845442) as from September 1st and must be submitted by 6th December each year to the Local Sports Council - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at 3 Dragonfly Drive, Lychpit, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8RU (01256 811478)

Applicants must be at least County Standard or equivalent within their sport and priority will be given to Under 25’s. Applications should be fully supported by the coach and club of the applicant and also include any other additional information that would support the grant application e.g. Press Releases.

Previous Winners -
Year Junior Ladies Junior Men
2016 TBC TBC
2015 Danielle Harrison (Ice Skating) Bradley Sutton (Modern Pentathlon)
2014 Megan Kealy (Gymnastics) Bradley Sutton (Biathle)
2013 Danielle Harrison (Ice Skating) Owen Richardson (Athletics)
2012 Kierra Barker (Athletics) James Feighery-Murphy (Karate)
2011 Hannah Parker (Modern Pentathlon) Myles Richardson (Athletics)
2010 Rebecca Curtis-Harris (Athletics) Jordan Lucas (Gymnastics)
2009 Allana Penny (Gymnastics) Daniel Lannigan (Gymnastics)
2008 Rebecca Jane (Football) David Shepperd (Modern Pentathlon)
2007 Rebecca Jane (Football) Ben Peggs (Fencing)
2006 Holly Croxford (Athletics) Ben Peggs (Fencing)
2005 Michelle Arnold (Judo) Aaron Harris (Triathlon)
2004 Michelle Arnold (Judo) Mitchell Harris (Cricket)
2003 Claire Spreadbury (Bowls) Scott Simmonds (Kayaking)
2002 Julie Cheung (Gymnastics) Robert Tobin (Athletics)
2001 Julie Cheung (Gymnastics) Robert Tobin (Athletics)
2000 Laura Wood (Swimming) Robert Tobin (Athletics)
1999 Laura Wood (Swimming) Robert Tobin (Athletics)
1998 Laura Wood (Swimming) Michael Wilson (Gymnastics)
1997 Laura Wood (Swimming) Simon Williams (Athletics)
1996 Julia Wright (Tennis) Jon Fuller (Gymnastics)
1995 Melissa Cannings (Kickboxing) Iain Bates (Tennis)
1994 Lizzie Godfrey (Swimming) Ryan Todd (Martial Arts)
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