2019 is a very important year for all our young athletes as they seek those very important points which will help to propel them into their respective teams now being picked for the Tokyo Olympics.
Most notably is Corey Walkes, who returned to form after a period out for injury,represented Great Britain at the 26th World Age Group Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships held in St Petersburg in Russia.
Corey was selected to compete for Great Britain as one of just 3 GBR individual trampoline gymnasts in his age group after winning the gold medal at the British Championships held in Birmingham earlier this year.
Then there is Bertie Kelly, 13-year-old table tennis athlete, has made history by becoming Somerset’s youngest ever senior men’s champion. He took the title at Blackbrook Sports and Leisure Centre in Taunton, beating last year’s champion, Marcin Szram, 3-2 in the final.
Our Sailing successes have been with both Jamie and Bettine Harris. In August 2018 we learnt thatTS5C Supported Siblings Jamie and Bettine Harris have been selected to represent Great Britain at the International 420 World Championships to be held in Newport Rhode Island this August.
JamieEdwards who joined the prestigious David Weir Archer Academy for wheelchair sprint training now has been given and International classification of T34 and is still a star of channel four’s advert, do look out for him
Up and coming Carlie Cook and Jessica Hudson are beginning to make selectors take a greater interest in them as does Brodie William has had his most successful year to date, transitioning into the senior ranks of British Swimming. He claimed silver in the 200m Backstroke at the 2018 British Championships in Edinburgh which helped secure him his first call-up to a senior international competition, representing Great Britain at the 2018 European Champions in Glasgow. He reached the semi-finals of both the 100m and 200m Backstroke events and swam as part of the gold medal-winning relay team for the Men's 4x100m Medley
But they are just a few of our splendid athletes, please spend a few minutes on the web at our site www.TS5C.org all our young athletes are there.
It is quite incredible that twelve years have passed so quickly who would have thought we would still be here, well may be some of us, but it is only the support we have received from all quarters that has kept us still helping where we can. Somerset is lucky to have these talented young people
But what of our other fund the Healthy Living Fund which is administered on our behalf by Somerset Community Foundation. This is a strong fund and we were able to give grants from this fund on the recommendation of SCF. (again, details on the web site) we will again in 2019 sponsor should it be held, the Special Olympics swimming gala in Yeovil in the spring and hopefully another sporting event in the late summer. We are still getting interest in our Wheel chair Basket Ball inactive
This letter is also the opportunity to say thank you to The Fairfield Trust. The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Street Parish Council, Wells City Council. Waitrose & Pts. also The Benevolent Masonic Lodge, in Wells and the Somerset Croston Trust. Their help and this influx of funds plus other donations enabled us to help a record number of young athletes in 2018. I am so grateful for, all the donations we receive, this goes to our young athletes, we are lucky that all back office cost are met by an anonymous donner but we still need more.
2019 is not going to be easy. We will be eighteen months away from the Tokyo Games and all the travel and extra cost it involves. Alas we still have to convince the business community and fund managers in Somerset we are worth supporting, their lack of support is very strange when you consider the benefits, we can bring to them in the way of publicity and the benefits to companies in the county as a whole. I live in hope.