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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

The first international competition of the season is the European championships in Mondello, Sicily, and after a full on winter of training and preparing I am looking forward to some good competition. At the Europeans I will be aiming to confirm my place at the youth olympics later this year in Buenos Aires.

Receiving the CAT grant is allowing me to buy a new race sail to use at the upcoming UK youth nationals. This will be a great help to my campaign in the youth fleet this year and will hopefully allow me to achieve my goal of winning a medal at an international competition in 2018.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who contributes to this great award for helping me get closer to achieving my goals. I am extremely grateful for all of your help.

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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