Ashford Leisure Trust supporting talented athletes
Ashford Leisure Trust was pleased to welcome IAAF Word Athletics Championships Silver 4 x 400m relay medalist Laviai Nielsen and the Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael to the NIKE outlet store at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet on Sunday 10th September for the 2017 Ashford Leisure Trust Talented Athlete Celebration event.
The event was held to celebrate the successes of the 14 local talented athletes supported by Ashford Leisure Trust as part of its talented athlete programme. The programme has been running since 2012 and supports local talented athletes of any age with a range of benefits including; training kit, unlimited use of the Trust's sports facilities and some financial support.
Laviai who competed at the London 2017 World Athletics Championships in the 4 x 400m relay winning a Silver medal on the final day of the championships gave a talk about her athletics career to date and her plans for the future. Laviai was assisted in presenting the athletes awards by the Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael and NIKE community outreach champion Patricia Knowles.
Each of the athletes was presented with a talented athlete certificate, Ashford Leisure Trust kit branded kit, a goodie bag provided by the NIKE store and a 15% discount card and free massage from Podplus Ltd.
The Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael said: “I am honoured to be marking these awards. Ashford Leisure Trust has solely funded this programme since it was created in 2012 and has supported over 40 individual Ashford athletes. I have a vision to support young people and it is great to see so many young athletes being support by the Trust. I would like to wish all the athletes the very best for the future and I hope that Ashford Leisure Trust continue to support talented athletes of Ashford for many years to come. I would like to thank all the athletes and their parents for all their hard work and effort and Ashford Leisure Trust for organising the event.”
The athletes being supported by Ashford Leisure Trust are: