Max Tulloch and Amy Williams MBE

£1,000 grant boost for three promising Bucks athletes

Two High Wycombe netball players and a young Gerrards Cross para-swimmer have each received a £1,000 grant from the Bucks SportsAid Foundation.

Seventeen-year- old Anya Wood, from Bourne End, and Razia Quashie, 18, from High Wycombe, both play for the town’s Clan Netball Club; while 11-year- old Max Tulloch swims with Chalfont Otters Swimming Club.

The awards were officially announced at a special Bucks Sporting Lunch Club event at Dorney Lake on Friday (May 20), where guest of honour was Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams MBE.

Olympian Amy, now a TV presenter and motivational speaker, talked about how she became part of the British Skeleton development programme while studying at Bath University, going on to represent Great Britain and win the Women’s Skeleton event, achieving Britain’s first gold medal an individual event at the Winter Olympics for 30 years, and the first by a woman for 58 years.

The Sporting Lunch Club event, which is supported by local Buckinghamshire based businesses wishing to contribute to the success of the county’s top young athletes, raised £4,500 towards helping future young athletes.

John Brace, managing director of sponsor Harwood Hutton accountants and business advisers, said: “Nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing an individual achieve their true potential, and we are thrilled to give Anya such a well-deserved boost. In this Olympic year, we hope more young Buckinghamshire sportsmen and sportswomen are inspired to reach for the stars.”

Fellow sponsors are solicitors B P Collins LLP, TSL, 2hWealthcare, Jansons Property, S&C Slatter, Evolution International and Leap.