Ski Racer from the South West of England

Young sporting talents share 25th Mike Sangster grant

Young sporting talents share 25th Mik Sangster grant

Cameron shares 25th Mike Sangster grant

TWO talented young sportsman have shared the latest Mike Sangster Sports Foundation grant, which will help fund impending trips abroad.

Downhill skiing champion Cameron Thomas and Devon U15s cricketer Daniel Wolf both received £500 from the foundation committee at Tormohun Rotary Club, in a belated ceremony for the 2012 award.

Last year was the 25th anniversary of the foundation, which was established in 1987 and handed out its first grant the following year.

The money will help the development of Thomas and Wolf, who are both due to travel abroad this week for sporting reasons.

Thomas was heading to France to attend the British Ski Academy at Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley for training.

Wolf, meanwhile, is part of the Devon Cricket Board’s U15 Development Tour to South Africa.

Simon Brookman, chairman of the foundation committee, said there was little to divide the merits of either recipient.

“We split the award as they both needed money to go away,” he said.

“It was a difficult call, hence why we’ve had to split it.

“What comes across is that both of them are so unassuming about their skills and achievements – they are both pretty serious about their sports and are two pretty talented blokes.”

Thomas is a student at Brixham Community College and last year was overall British U16 series champion both indoors and outdoors.

He was also a runner-up in the 2012 Torbay Sports Awards in the Junior Sports Personality of the Year category.

Brookman added: “It’s not just about being quick on skis, as you need to be fit overall, and Cameron has obviously worked hard on that and is a more rounded sportsman.

“Many kids have got talent but don’t realise that you need that extra edge in order to get the best out of yourself.”

Wolf, meanwhile, is in Year 10 at Churston Ferrers Grammar School and a member of Paignton Cricket Club.

He has previously represented Devon at U12, U13 and U14 level before being selected to represent the U15s in the tour of South Africa.

The trip involves flying out to Johannesburg and on to Kruger National Park for three days of cricket, before flying down to Cape Town for a further five days of cricket.