Almost 200 talented young athletes are to receive support from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF) in 2017, following a record number of grant applications.
Among them are the following Welsh Athletes:
Hannah Brier (Swansea Harriers) - Sprints
Joseph Brier (Swansea Harriers) - Sprints, 400m
Melissa Courtney (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) - Middle distance
Kieran Grimwade (Cardiff AAC) - Hammer
Jake Heyward (Cardiff AAC) - Middle distance / XC
Bethany Moule (Neath Harriers) - Javelin
Sarah Omoregie (Cardiff AAC) - Multi event
Lucy Davies (Pembrokeshire Harriers) - Steeplechase / XC
Jac Palmer (Cardiif AAC) - Hammer
Owen Smith (Cardiff AAC) - 400m
James Tomlinson (Pembrokeshire Harriers) - Discus
Adele Nicoll (Birchfield Harriers) - Shot Put
Bethan Rees (Cannock & Stafford AC) - Javelin
Jay Morse (Cardiff AAC) - Discus
Emily Wright (Bristol & West AC) - Long Jump
The RPMF, founded in memory of the former coach and BBC broadcaster, helps a number of the country’s top athletes make the transition from junior to senior level by providing financial support for equipment, specialist training and travel.
Many of the British Olympic athletics team members of 2008, 2012 and 2016 had received support from the Fund at some stage in their careers, including all of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 individual Olympic medallists.