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Promising junior athletes handed cash boost

Around $50,000 was awarded to 12 different sports governing bodies at yesterday’s National Junior Athlete Sponsorship Programme ceremony at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

The grants, handed out by Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott, will be used to cover the costs of sending some of the Island’s most promising young athletes to compete or train overseas.

Bermuda Cricket Board were granted $4,350 from the Department of Youth Sports and Recreation to send national team all-rounder Kamua Leverock, 18, to the Horsham Cricket Academy in Sussex, UK for five months.

Baseball player Adam Hall, 13, was awarded $4,390 to attend Centrefield Sports Complex in London, Ontario as well as a spring training camp in Florida.

Khaleb Tota, a talented equestrian, was granted $4,900 that will enable the 16-year-old to spend a month training in Mettingan, Germany.

Alexander Godet, 17, was handed $3,165 to attend Sportsway Hockey Camp in Barcelona where the Bermuda international will further hone his skills.

Middle distance runner Dage Minors, 17, received $4,707 to refine his technique at an Amsterdam training facility selected by the Bermuda National Athletics Association.

Deshi Smith, 17, will attend the New York High School Cycling Programme after being awarded $2,557, while 16-year-old golfer Cory DeSilva was granted $4,345 to spend two weeks at a Junior Professional Golfers Association camp.

Jesse Washington, who won seven medals including five golds at the recent Carifta Swimming Championships, received $4,430 to continue his progress. The 13-year-old Young Male Athlete of the Year will attend the David Johnson Training Camp in Canada.

Sailor Chase Cooper, 14, was granted $4,435 to compete in youth regattas in Holland and St Thomas, while Nicholas Lines, 14, will spend a week at the IMG Tennis Academy as part of a $3,082 grant. National Academy footballer Tahzeiko Harris, who represented the Island at the recent Open Cup in Alabama, received a $4,255 grant. The 13-year-old will attend the IMG Soccer Academy in Florida for two weeks.

Meanwhile, triathlete Tyler Smith, has handed $4,790 to purchase a new bike and attend a skills camp for a month.

National Junior Athlete Sponsorship Programme recipients are joined by Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott and guest speaker, Olympic swimmer Kiera Aitken, outside the Fairmont Hamilton Princess after yesterday's ceremony (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published April 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm)

Promising junior athletes handed cash boost

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