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Hull’s British Judo Champion awarded annual leisure membership

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A talented local athlete has been awarded an annual membership to Hull’s leisure facilities with Hull Culture and Leisure, as part of a scheme to support the city’s future sporting stars reach world-class podiums.

14 year old Gracie Wilson from Hull has become the third young person to receive the award through HCAL’s Talented Athlete Scheme.

Gracie is part of England Judo talented athlete scheme and is trained by Sean Birch of Huddersfield Judo Club. In December 2019 Gracie became British Champion in her category and was awarded Hull Daily Mail’s young female sports personality of the year.

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She will now receive an annual Junior Live it fitness membership, from Hull Culture and Leisure that will give her access to all leisure facilities operated by Hull Culture and Leisure to support her training needs with the aim of eventually representing their country and Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “This scheme is designed to assist talented young athletes in gaining access to high quality facilities to reach their full potential in their chosen sport and bring out the best of the city’s emerging new talent, without having to worry about the cost of accessing the leisure facilities. We are committed to investing in today’s promising athletes who have the potential to become tomorrow’s sporting heroes.”

Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd have set up the Talented Athlete Scheme to help gifted sports people who are gaining recognition from their National Governing Body, but not yet at elite status. Recipients of the scheme will be given much needed support in the form of free access to the city’s public leisure facilities to support their training. To qualify for the scheme the talented athlete must be recognised by their associated National Governing Body and enrolled onto a Talent Programme as part of their development.

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For more information visit www.hcandl.co.uk/talentedathlete or call 01482 614 321.

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