Awards for Hethersett brothers dreaming of swimming for their country
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Two brothers who dream of swimming for England have received a cash boost to help them excel in their sport.
Nathan Woodrow, 13, and 14-year-old brother Owen, from Hethersett, have each been given £175 through South Norfolk Council's community sport achiever awards.
Their mum, Helen Woodrow, said the brothers were thrilled about the grants, which would pay for some of the costs of taking part in swimming contests.
She said: 'Nathan already competes in swimming competitions and Owen, who has cerebral palsy, competes in regional disability events but is hoping to make the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow next month.
'Obviously as a family we want to support the boys but the costs involved are huge, such as travel, competition entry, club subscription fees and accommodation.'
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Nathan, who is aiming to qualify for the Amateur Swimming Association's national summer championships in Sheffield this year, said: 'It's great that we are being helped in this way.
'My parents are behind me 100 pc but it does cost them a lot of money.
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'I would love to qualify for nationals this year, although it will be tough as my age band is 13/14 years.'
Owen said: 'To be able to compete at an event where all the British para-swimmers will be, is a great honour.
'With this community sport achiever grant I hope to buy a new pair of racing shorts whilst in Glasgow.
'These cost a considerable amount of money. Now my parents don't need to pay for them.
'I would like one day to be part of Team GB'.
The brothers are among 30 young people across the district who have received the grants, which can be valued up to £200.
Mrs Woodrow said: 'It was the first time we'd applied to the awards scheme and we are so pleased that our applications were successful.
'The money will really help us support the boys to reach their full potential.'
The council's deputy leader councillor Martin Wilby said he was delighted the scheme was helping the brothers as well as dozens of other keen young athletes.
Mr Wilby said: 'Our sports achiever awards help young athletes and provide grassroots support to the voluntary sports sector in South Norfolk.
'We've invested thousands of pounds in supporting the district's young sports stars of the future.
'I'm pleased that these young swimmers from Hethersett, and the other 28 young people who received similar grants, will benefit from the scheme – they are certainly names to watch for the future.'
The Community Sport Achiever Grants are open to young people who live in South Norfolk and are aged 18 and under, or 25 and under for disabled athletes.
Applicants must be in full-time education be able to show that they excel in their sport.
Grants are also available through the Community Coach Development Bursary Scheme and Elite Athlete Fitness Support Scheme, and applications can be made online at www.norfolkfoundation.com.