Worksop's Emily Race receives cash boost to aid career
A promising Worksop athlete has received a cash grant to help her future career hopes.
Worksop Harrier Emily Race (20) is currently ranked number one at regional and county level, and third nationally, in the heptathlon.
She was received a grant as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme, which will see athletes benefit from grants of up to £400 to help with expenses such as travel, coaching, competition fees and kit.
Emily said: “I am extremely appreciative to have been awarded this grant and so grateful to have the support of Nottinghamshire County Council, after such a difficult year I feel an opportunity such as this will really make a difference in coming back stronger in 2021.”
Due to illness and injury Emily missed out on competing at the British Universities and colleges championships in early 2020.
Determined, with focus on recovery and getting fit again Emily has been able to hire a spinning bike to use at from home during the lockdown and borrow other equipment to keep her going until restrictions are lifted.
Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of Communities at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “I am delighted that we are, once again, able to support our fantastic local athletes. Whilst our funding only provides a proportion of what is required when competing at such an elite sporting level, I know it is gratefully received by our young athletes and their families."
To qualify for the funding, athletes must have represented their country within the last 24 months and/or be ranked in the top five of their age group.