Meet the magnificent seven

Bernice Wilson
Bernice Wilson

MEET the magnificent seven - the Boston-area athletes who are to receive elite backing.

Top sportsmen and women from our area have seen their Olympic Dreams given a boost as they were welcomed onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athletes Programme.

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LEAP is a programme managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, which provides funding and support for talented athletes in the county who are hoping to compete at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Those inducted into the squad last week include: Bernice Wilson: A Wyberton sprinter, 26, just returning home from representing Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships.

Marc Bradbury: An 18-year-old thrower from New Leake.

Harriet Housam: Boston rower Harriet has been showing promise on the water. She is 15.

Dominic Sykes: Fifteen-year-old Dominic is an expert hammer thrower from Boston.

Dominic Beesley: Dominic, 16, is a Wyberton tennis star in the making.

Henry Beesley: Dominic’s 12-year-old brother, also proving a tennis ace.

Sarah Stanhope: Wrangle’s 17-year-old successful hammer thrower.

“We are delighted to have so many athletes from Boston on LEAP this year, and look forward to seeing how they progress throughout the next 12 months,” said Rachel Belcher, LEAP project officer.

“LEAP hopes to give athletes across the county access to funding and support at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, so we really hope that all seven athletes from Boston benefit from this.”

The youngsters were inducted in at a ceremony at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus.

Great Britain Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel presented them with certificates and GB wheelchair basketball player Richard Sargeant hosted the evening.

Athletes were awarded levels according to their achievements over the last 12 months, and their potential for the year ahead.

Marc, Harriet and Dominic Sykes were named as level one athletes, meaning they should already be performing at a consistent, high county standard (or equivalent) and have the potential to progress to regional level.

Level two athletes are the Beesley brothers and Sarah.

These are performers who should already be performing at a consistent regional standard (or equivalent) for a minimum of 12 months.

Bernice, at level three, should already be performing at a consistent National level (or equivalent) for a minimum of 12 months.