Young martial artists can stay on top of their game with council grant

Breckland Council has given gifted and talented sports grants to Johnny and Josie Wright from Thetfo

Breckland Council has given gifted and talented sports grants to Johnny and Josie Wright from Thetford, pictured with the Kuk Sool Won Grandmaster. - Credit: Archant

Two talented young martial artists who already compete internationally are able to continue excelling in their sport thanks to a district council grant.

Siblings Josie and Johnny Wright are European multi-medallists in Kuk Soon Won, a South Korean discipline involves kicking, striking, self-defence and body conditioning.

Josie, 16, is a second degree black belt and is ranked highest for her age in the country for the sport.

Johnny, 11, recently achieved his black belt – a particularly noteworthy achievement as he suffers from dyspraxia, a condition affecting coordination.

Both will receive a £500 Gifted and Talented award to help cover costs associated with their sports including lessons, tournament fees, uniforms and travel.

Roy Brame and John Newton, council ward members for Thetford Castle, said: 'These two young people have shown a real devotion to their sport and deserved their impressive medal haul at the European Championships held in Norwich last year. It's great that we are able to help them continue to progress and excel in this very practical way.'

Lynda Turner, Breckland Council executive member for Place said: 'We don't want cost to become a barrier for talented young people who demonstrate real determination and the potential to compete at the highest levels.'

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For more information about the grants and to apply contact the Norfolk Community Foundation – call 01603 623958, email grants@norfolkfoundation.com, or visit www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/breckland-council-gifted-talented-sports-award

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