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The FAST Fund’s Commonwealth stars

24th June, 2018

Our FAST fund helps Teesside athletes fly high – you only need to look at the 2018 Commonwealth Games results to see the evidence.

Four Teesside sportswomen we’ve backed all did themselves proud, with two of them among the gold medals on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Middlesbrough-born Jade Jones-Hall, who lives in Eaglescliffe, struck gold in the paratriathlon, silver in the wheelchair marathon and was then chosen to carry England’s flag at the closing ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Middlesbrough-born swimmer Aimee Willmott won Gold on the Games’ first day of competition, narrowly defeating previous winner Hannah Miley in the 400m individual medley.

We were proud to support Aimee with a £2,000 grant through out FAST Fund – Financial Assistance for Sportspeople on Teesside – while Jade has herself received £1,000.

Weightlifter Kelly-Jo Robson also did herself and her country proud by finishing sixth in the 48kg category just three-and-a-half years after taking up the sport.

East Cleveland-born Kelly-Jo, who lives in Stockton and works in Middlesbrough, received £2,000 through the FAST Fund.

Eaglescliffe athlete Amy Carr was another who did herself proud in the Commonwealth Games on the back of being named Female Sports Personality of the Year in the North East Disability Sports Awards.

The talented athlete, who has received £2,100 via the FAST Fund, represented Scotland in her first senior international competition in the T37 long jump for athletes with Cerebral Palsy.

The fund is designed to help talented Teesside sportspeople fulfil their potential.

The achievements of Jade, Aimee, Kelly-Jo and Amy are ample proof of its effectiveness.

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