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Supporting Talented Young Athletes

Following the 2017 CAT we were pleased to be able to offer funding to four young local sports fanatics – windsurfer Islay Watson, biker Jamie Edmondson, orienteer Katrina McGougan and netballer Wizzy Mills. Read their latest training and competition news and see the action photos below.

Once again this year we would be delighted to receive applications from young aspiring athletes from within the Cairngorms National Park.

Applications for grant awards from the 2018 CAT will open at the same time as entries, Wed 2nd May 2018, and must be submitted before this year’s event, ie by 5pm on Friday 14th September 2018.

Islay Watson

Isla WatsonIn my application for the grant I said what my hopes were for this year and I very happy to be able to tell you that I have achieved my goals so far.

I went to the Techno plus European championships and was 3rd European girl (my best international result so far) also top GBR girl which means I have been selected for the youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in October. I then came home and was straight into youth national championships, I was second girl, (my sister Erin was 1st) but I was first under 19 girl which means I was selected for the Youth sailing worlds in Corpus Christie Texas in July. In both these events I will be the only female windsurfer from GB.  I am so happy to have been able to secure these two places. I could not have achieved this without funding so I would like to thank everyone involved for the CAT grant.

I now have a busy summer ahead of me which I am really looking forward to.

Islay Watson

Jamie Edmondson

This winter off season I have been training with my coach Chris Kilmurray in the gym and on my bike, I have also taken part in two training camps in Wales since September making the most of the lack of snow down south.

So far in the 2018 season I have competed in one pre-season race in February in Portugal, finishing 3rd in a large field of top European junior riders. I am hoping to continue this momentum through into my coming races, firstly racing a national race in south wales before starting the world cup series in Croatia in April. This year I am going to be racing the full World Cup Downhill Series as well as select national and European races.

Jamie Edmondson

Katrina McGougan

Katrina McGouganThe money which I got from the CAT grant came in very useful for a number of things, including a training camp at Hawkshead in the Lake District, Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad fees and kit, a SI Air Timing Dibber and a pair of Inov8’s with metal dobs.

Recent Activities:
  • Participating in the Northern Night Cup (NNC) series, and also co-planning with another Junior in the club.
  • As well as being Junior Rep, I’m now in charge of Publicity and Communications for BASOC.
  • I was invited to a weekend in the Lake District, known as the JROS Hawkshead Weekend, which is a training weekend for 15/16 year olds from around Britain, where we stayed and trained together.
  • I’ve been to 2 SEDS training weekends (Scottish Elite Development Squad) at Moray and Speyside as well as 2 ScotJOS weekends in Oban and Stirling. I’ve also recently done 2 local events in February at Loch Vaa and Darnaway.
  • The main selection races for the 2019 squad and national races in April/May time.

To read about previous talented young athletes supported by CAT click on the names below:

Aviemore Paralympian David Andrew Smith MBE
Windsurfer Erin Watson, Rugby Player Jake Mills, and Mountain Biker Donald Rogers
supported by CAT 2015
Downhill Biker Rona Striven, Windsurfer Dean Hargreaves, Biathlete Mairi Blair, Cyclist Edward Fletcher, Freestyle Skier Lewis McWilliam, Footballers Josh Race and Sam Morrison and Biathlete Sam Cairns
supported by CAT 2014
Downhill Mountain Bike Racer, Elena Melton and Cyclist, Megan Riach
supported by CAT 2013
Downhill Bike Racer John Aisthorpe, Biathlete Robert Sircus
and Climber Scott Grosdanoff
supported by CAT 2012
Snowboarders Jamie Trinder and Andrew Forwood
supported by CAT 2011
Biathletes Calum Irvine and Scott Dixon and Mountain Biker Finlay Strivens
supported by CAT 2010
Cyclist Charles Fletcher
supported by CAT 2009
Triathlete John Rutledge and Sailor Chloe Robinson
supported by CAT 2008
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