Rotary Youth Speaks - 2016

On Monday 28th November the Rotary Club of Kendal used their weekly lunchtime meeting to host the local heat of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition.

The four local schools that entered teams were: 

  • Dallam
  • Kirkby Kendal
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Queen Katherine

A gallery of teams and winning speakers appears below:

Rotary Youth Leadership Award - 2016

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 26th September were Zoe Partington and Jack Byrne from Queen Catherine School who had attended the Rotary Young Leadership Award scheme earlier in the year which was held at the ‘Castlesteads Outdoor Pursuits Centre’ near Grange over Sands. 

They gave a very professional presentation detailing the aims of the scheme and their experiences during the course. These encompassed five major challenges – Service, Leadership, Teamwork, Communication and Self Esteem.  Both had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt they had benefitted enormously.

Steph DriscollSteph Driscoll

800m and Pentathlon - £400

(From Steph's father) By way of explanation, l am applying on behalf of my daughter Steph, who is a talented U15 combined events athlete, currently ranked second in the UK. Due to lack of discipline specific training available in Kendal, she has to travel to Liverpool twice weekly for coaching. The fuel costs alone of this exceed £2,000 a year.

She is also a member of the Kendal Elite Athlete Academy and trains three times a week at the Dojo for strength and conditioning work at a cost of £30 a month. In addition, the cost of specialist spikes is around £300 each year and we need a set of starting blocks at around £120.

Harriet BarkerHarriet Barker

Golf - £400

I play for the Cumbria county under 18 and the main Cumbria county ladies team.  I am part of the North Region England Golf programme. I hope to play for England one day.  I won seven trophies last season including Ladies Club Champion at the age of 13 with the lowest ever posted score in the history of that competition. I also played recently at St Andrew's in an England North squad event and won against a Scottish team.

I am playing in national England Golf events now and am gaining European points to get me into the European rankings within the next couple of years. I play off a handicap of 6.8 – l hope to be playing off 2 by the end of this season but need new clubs to help me. I started the season at 7.7 so am improving well in a few short weeks. I typically go around Carus Green in under my handicap and I hope to smash the course record for Ladies this season.

Lauren Munro-BennettLauren Munro-Bennett

Triathlon - £400

I am competing at an intemational level in triathlons, aiming to compete in elite races over the next two years. I started competing in triathlons in 2014, and before this I was at an international standard in Mountain Running. Last year I finished 15th overall and 2nd GB Athlete in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships and 11th overall and 3rd GB athlete in the European Age Group Triathlon Championships. At BUCS (British University and College Sport) Championships I came 7th girl.

This year, l am more experienced and a year fitter and would love the opportunity to race for my country again, because l think l have even more to give. Therefore any kind of support towards the race costs would be highly beneficial and greatly appreciated.

Tom NortonTom Norton

Javelin - £400

I am a javelin thrower who lives in Kendal, but I am currently studying at Loughborough University. I am in my first year of a Chemical Engineering degree course, having finished my A levels at Queen Katherine School in 2015.

Since starting at Loughborough I have had the opportunity to begin training with national javelin coaches and squad having thrown the javelin for school and club in Kendal. This season I am aiming to substantially improve on my personal best of 55.62 and throw around 63-65m, which would place me in the top 3 or 4 in the country in my age group (U20's) and the top 15 to 20 at senior level.

In order to help me do this I am going to be competig at national level competitions this year, rather than in the Northern League (as I have done previously). L will be competing for Sheffie!d A.C. in the British Athletics league premier division, competing in the UK U20/U23 championships at Bedford, British Universities national championships, also at Bedford and the UK javelin carnival. I am also going to Finland in the summer to attend the Javelin carnival there, which is the largest in the world.

Nancy KellerNancy Keller

Gymnast - £50

Gymnast Nancy Keller is the final recipient of 3CC funding 2014-15. Here she is receiving her cheque from the Rotary Club of Kendal President Peter Smith at the Kendal School of Gymnastics.

The money for the 2016 Young Sportspeople Sponsorships comes from the surpluses in 2014 and 2015 from the 'Three Counties Challenge' events.

£50 grants have been made to the following young sportspeople:

Jake Fisher
Jake Fisher (Hockey)
 
Wil Montgomery
Wil Montgomery (Rugby)
Robert Cartwright
Robert Cartwright (Hockey)
Dominic Barron-Holden
Dominic Barron-Holden (Golf)

 

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