TS5C - SPONSOR OF THE 2017 SOMERSET SPORTS AWARDS
As part of its 10th year anniversary, Somerset sports charity, is delighted to once again be a principal supporter of the Somerset Sports Awards, and sponsor of the TS5C Young Sportsperson of the Year.
The TS5C Young Sportsperson of the Year award is presented to one of the charity’s athletes who has excelled in their chosen sport.
TS5C aims to assist talented 14 to 24 year olds, who live or train in the county, in their dream of competing at regional, national and international levels.
Unlike similar organisations in the country, TS5C is not funded directly by Government or the Local Authority but instead relies on private donations. And to great effect: since the charity was set up in 2007 almost 140 young, able and disabled athletes have benefited from grants, unquestionably aiding some to reach great heights in their chosen sporting field.
Alan Gloak, the Chairman of TS5C, explains: “We are committed to supporting young athletes in Somerset, both able and non-able bodied. We have funded people who have become Olympians and Commonwealth medallists, and it is important that we continue to do so. The costs of training, specialist equipment and attending competitions are daunting for any family, yet essential if a young person is to achieve their full potential. TS5C grants make an important contribution in meeting these costs.”
Finalists of TS5C Young Sports Person of the Year Award Nominees:
Sport: Sailing – 420 Class
Age: 16 years old
On 4th January 2017 in Buenos Aries, Argentina, sailor Jamie was crowned Cadet World Champion along with his crew mate Antonia Wilkinson, having beaten off strong opposition over 10 gruelling races.
In March he was presented with a Pride of Somerset Award for his achievements in Argentina, but his successful transition to the 420 Class and his third place finish in the U17 Boys selection event means that he has gained a place in the 420 GBR team going to the European Championships in Athens this summer
Alan said: “Jamie has impressed us all at TS5C. Sailing throughout the year on our cold waters takes a strong commitment and determination, and we are delighted at his success at cadet level has moved across to the 420 Class. We have high hopes!”
Age: 17 years old
In December 2016, at the Ontario International Meet, Brodie recorded the fastest ever time for the 200m backstroke by a 17 year old boy from Great Britain. In April 2017, he won the British Junior 200m Backstroke title at the Junior British Championships in Sheffield and has been selected to represent GB in the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis at the end of August 2017.
Alan said: “Brodie first came to our attention a few years ago - he is a truly talented young swimmer. We are delighted that he is getting international experience, and are confident he will become an Olympic swimmer.”
Sport: Table Tennis
Age: 11 years old
Club: Bridgwater Junior Table Tennis Club
Bertie is a remarkable individual who competes nationally at U13 and U15 and even U18 level for Somerset County even though he is only in his first year of secondary school.
He recently came 3rd in U13 ESTTA Individual Finals in Wolverhampton (even though he was competing in a higher age group).
Alan said: “Bertie is a determined and dedicated young athlete with a great future ahead of him – one to watch!”