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Scholarship helps talented diver

Talented young diver Daniel Goodfellow can continue his intense training thanks to a sport scholarship.

The 15-year-old from Meldreth, who is a pupil at Melbourn Village College, has been given the ICAP Beckwith Scholarship to help pay for all his travel expenses to train in his sport.

His mum Sharon Goodfellow said: “The ICAP Beckwith Scholarship is a huge deal to Daniel and his family. It will mean he can continue to work on his platform training, which he regularly has to travel to Southend and Leeds for, and these trips every week for training will now be easier to afford.

“Daniel will also be able to continue to compete across the country with GB selection for competitions in Dresden, Graz and Adelaide as his aims for this year. He has to fit in seven training sessions a week, competitions and school work so his schedule is quite demanding.”

Marc Holdsworth, head coach at Cambridge Diving where Daniel trains, added: “Cambridge Diving is improving every year. In 2011 we had our first Great Britain representatives in Daniel and his team-mate Lucy Cliff.

“Scholarship programmes such as this are really helpful in ensuring that talented youngsters can continue to take part in their sport.”

Daniel is a member of the Team GB Development Squad. He also won bronze at the European Junior Championships last year and many medals at the National Diving championships earlier this year.

The scholarship is allowing him to keep travelling to Southend or Leeds every weekend to use the 10-metre diving platform he needs to train on.

 

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