A TOP sportsman from Spilsby was officially welcomed onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) on Friday evening at The Showroom in Lincoln.
Sixty-one athletes were awarded levels by three-time Olympian and canoeist Laurence Oliver as a result of their achievements over the last 12 months and in recognition of their potential for the year ahead.
Daniel Wells, a squash player from Spilsby, was awarded a level one award on Friday.
He said: “Being a member of LEAP is good because it gives you money to help with the travel costs to competitions.”
Managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, LEAP provides funding and support for talented athletes in the county who are hoping to compete at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Rachel Belcher, LEAP Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have so many athletes from Lincolnshire on LEAP this year and it’s great to have a representative from Spilsby.
“We’ve seen how Daniel has progressed this year, and look forward to seeing what he will achieve throughout the next 12 months.
“LEAP hopes to give athletes across the county access to funding and support at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, so we really hope that Daniel benefits from this.”
Athletes on the programme will receive between £100 and £1000 according to their level and up to £20,000 will be distributed to members of LEAP in 2012.
Funding for LEAP has been secured through Lincolnshire County Council, University of Lincoln, SportsAid, Adam Gibbon’s Sport Foundation Fund, Mundy’s, Soper of Lincoln and members of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership’s Corporate Club.