Aidan Smith – orienteer

A grant was awarded to Aidan Smith to help with the costs involved in competing at the Junior World Orienteering Championships.

As my final international as a junior this will be the last time I have the opportunity to race with the pressure of a top result on me for some time, as it will take years to reach the top of the senior age group, so I expect the benefits I can gain, both in terms of motivating results, and experience of high pressure competition, will be hard to replicate elsewhere as I move up next year into senior competition.


Track and Field grants

Grants have been made to the following track and field athletes:

William Fuller – Blackheath and Bromley

Running is a big part in my life which I been doing for nearly seven years now. I thoroughly enjoy it and I am passionate about the sport. Following the guidance of my coaches I have always planned my training. I have been taught to gradually increase my mileage in order to reduce chance of injury and keep on improving. This I have done and hope to be able to continue by sticking to this principle.
My ambitions for the future are to place highly in the European cross country trials in Liverpool and qualify for the Home Countries International. As well as place highly in Nationals, and UK Inter counties. Providing the winter goes well my aim for 2016 track season would be to complete in the Loughborough International and place highly at world junior trials over 1500m or 5000m. My ambition is to run for Great Britain or England as a junior and progress and improve my way up into the senior age group.

Jennifer Willison – Derby Athletics

A contribution towards travel and accommodation costs would enable me to participate fully in the FRA U20 Championships. This series consists of 7 races held around Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Lake District. I also take part in the National trial races for England and Great Britain.  Travelling from Derby to each race is on average a 200 mile car journey (there and back). I compete mainly in fell running; over each year the miles accumulate to a considerable amount (4,000 miles plus).

Laurie Dawkins – Taunton AC

My ultimate aim is to follow in the footsteps of great women british athletes like Jess Ennis – Hill who I have been lucky enough to train with; that experience was a massive inspiration to me, and that season I won my first Gold at English schools.

Beth Lloyd – Birchfield Harriers

The grant will let me buy the equipment I need, along with correct kit, all of this will help ensure I stay injury free and it allows me to pursue my goals for next year and my dream for the future. It would help me so much. I have increased my training to hope to become a top class athlete. My mom does everything she can to help and gives up everything for me.  All of her money is spent on my competitions, hotels, travelling from Redditch to Birmingham 5 days a week, strength and condition courses, Membership fees etc.

Laura King – Orienteering

Laura King has been awarded a grant towards her contribution towards membership of the British Orienteering Talent Squad.

I would like to thank you for my grant which I shall use to assist me in funding my British Orienteering Talent Squad membership. So far this year I have been on two extremely useful training and coaching weekends in Lincoln and in Dorking, each with a different focus. The first focus being planning for the season ahead and also the provision of sport science support for orienteering. This involved various strength and conditioning sessions including an introduction to Plyometrics and various talks about dealing with injuries and the psychological side of competing. The second was on analysis of the fundamentals skills and working on their development. Despite being recently injured I have managed to apply what I have learnt to my training over winter and am now beginning to build it up before the competition season. I am about to go on my third BOF talent camp this weekend at near Blencathra where I hope to further improve my technical skills so I am well prepared for the season to come.

Orienteers awarded grants towards JWOC and EYOC

The following orienteers have been awarded grants towards their athlete contributions for the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) and the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC). We wish them all the best of luck in their preparations and competitions.


Helen Ockenden
Hannah Cox
Fiona Bunn

I have just received your letter in the post and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the Foundation for the generous grant! It will help a lot to contribute towards the Junior World Orienteering Championships in July, and I can now focus on my final preparations without financial worries etc! I will of course produce a report about my experience at the competition for you, and I really can’t wait for it!
I have just returned from a training camp at the weekend and am now in my final phase of training.
Thank you so so much,

Dane Blomquist
Julie Emmerson
Chris Galloway
Will Rigg

Thank you so much for your financial support for my forthcoming trip to compete in the Junior World Champs in Rauland, Norway. Without your help it would have been impossible to get there and to take part in the prior Training camp in the North Lakes this week. I really have appreciated everyone’s contribution in helping me reach my target. I have now 5 more weeks left to prepare for the Junior World Championships. On Saturday I will fly out to Norway to participate in training camp in Scandinavia, where I will compete in a middle distance race in Halden followed by 5 days in Rauland accustoming myself with the Junior World Champs terrain. From here we will travel to Finland to take part in Jukola where I will run for Edinburgh University in Orienteerings biggest relay. Following this I will spend a few days training with my Swedish club in Stockholm before coming back to the Lakes to begin my final preparations at home.

Megan Carter-Davies
Matt Elkington


Pippa Dakin
Harrison McCartney

Robbie Shaw – Track and Field

Robbie has been awarded a grant in the form of a voucher towards kit.

I am writing to inform you why i think i should be eligible for funding,my chosen sport is athletics and my specific event is shot putt I’m 17 years old and new to the sport, I’ve only been doing the sport for around 7-8 months and I am more than happy with what I have achieved.having only done the sport a month or so I went into a county competition where I threw the furthest to win the competition. From then it really went up hill,Geoff Capes got in touch with me and asked me too come along to training, I did he liked what he saw and he was willing to coach me,from then I haven’t looked back, I went from throwing 13m with the 5kg implement when I started with Geoff, to throwing over 17m in training and in warm ups for competitions in the space of 3 months. I medaled at every major championship I went into (English schools, Nationals, UK School games) and this was still my first athletics season ever.

Jessica Hudson – Triathlon

Jessica has been awarded a grant towards her Triathlon training and competition.

Support in competing in South West Triathlon Series with the aim of being selected for South West Team in inter-regional championships. Grant will go towards entry and travel costs and equipment (turbo trainer, footwear, wetsuit, servicing costs of bike). Attend residential training week run by GB coach in order to improve skill and speed in the three disciplines of Triathlon

The funding will assist in allowing Jessica to develop in the sport of Triathlon through having suitable equipment and coaching ensuring she can complete to the best of her abilities. This will be here first year in Triathlon however she has competed for the last two years in feeder series. In Biathlon (Swim – Run) she has been ranked 25th in the country for her age and has competed in the British Biathlon Championships and National Schools Championships. In Biathle (Continous run-swim-run) she finsihed 3rd in the National Schools Champioship and was selected by Pentathlon GB to represent GBR in Italy and Germany in 2014. She was ranked 5th overall by the International Pentathlon Union in the world Tour during 2014.

Oliver Wagner – Track and Field

We are very pleased to have awarded a grant to Oliver to support his training trip.

I have been invited to a one and a life time chance to train with Olympic athletes in Fiji. The Fijian team had picked me out whilst training in Dumfries for the Commonwealth Games.

I feel like this is a one in a life time opportunity. This venture would open many doors in the Athletics world for me. This would allow me to delve into the cultural differences that i would witness. The links which have been made can be made even stronger for future travels. The wisdom passed on to me could be insurpassable to the likes of coaching methods I may acquire in this country, making me a better and more fierce competitor.

Will Rigg – Orienteer

Will Rigg has been awarded a grant towards the costs involved in him being selected for a place on the British Orienteering Talent Squad.

After coming 20th in the European Youth Championships Long distance race I am motivated to further my improvement as an Orienteer .I would also like to take the opportunity to attend an annual training camp to Portugal to train and compete in the international event Portugal O Meeting. This will give me priceless experience competing against some of the top international athletes from my age group and an excellent opportunity to train with my Swedish Club mates including the likes of World Champion Gustav Bergman.

As a full time student, I have limited funds to take advantage of the opportunities that are open to me. I hope to be granted a Winning Students Scholarship and although most of this funding is ring fenced for university activity I hope to be able to put some of this towards the cost of my place in the British Orienteering Talent Squad. However, there will still be a substantial shortfall and so I hope to be granted an award from the John Taylor Foundation so that I can continue on the Athlete Development Pathway that lies ahead for me.

Joe Woodley – Orienteer

Joe Woodley has been awarded a grant towards the costs involved in him being selected for a place on the British Orienteering Talent Squad.

This year my key aim is selection for the Junior World Championships, to be held in Norway. With this competition in mind i have spent time training and racing in Norway for the past two Summers and intend to train there again prior to the competition.
In 2016 The Junior World Orienteering Championships is being held in Switzerland and I aspire to a top 15 placing.

I am currently unable to self fund all of my training, racing and travelling even with parental support. I have raised money by holding cake stalls at local orienteering events, and intend to do so again.

Tom Thomas – Fell running

Tom Thomas has been awarded a grant towards kit for the upcoming season. We wish him well.

I have always been a fellrunner, from being a junior to a senior. I was never that talented, I definitely came under the banner of an enthusiastic try-hard anorak; I would know every race record, but also know I wasn’t going to finish anywhere near it. I became an under 23 in 2011 and started really running well, having views to do the U/23 English and British Championships. Unfortunately, about a week after the Long Mynd race I turned my ankle, despite going over to Ireland to do the Mournes and a jaunt round the Coniston race, it pretty much ended my running for 3 years. The diagnosis – I’d basically done in Peroneal tendons, if I ran, I couldn’t walk the next day so eventually after a year of trying, I just stopped running and threw in the towel because it was getting me down.

Fast forward to last summer, I had finished uni, had no job, suffered from pretty bad depression due to personal issues and I discovered running again….I tentatively tried my ankle and it seemed fine. I could run two days in a row, and even though it’s a case of management I managed to train well and finish 24th at the Scafell Pike race and I was running better than ever off significantly less mileage. So I’ve decided to finish my unfinished business and go all out to try and medal in the U/23 British championships this year. I do think long term I can be a race winner, I train hard, I eat well and I love the sport. For now I’d be content with a good showing in the British champs and take it from there.

I’m working, but shifts and money have been hard to come by and I got job scammed recently which was really great given the circumstances. I’ve earned £200 in the last 2 months and that doesn’t really cover 3 weeks living costs and now I’m at the point where my shoes are causing me injuries. I will be working to contribute to my aims but I don’t have any savings or anything other than what I earn….hopefully there will be some improvement here.