Sherborne’s Olympic Bursary Winners 2015


For the third year since the 2012 Olympic Games, the Rotary Clubs of Sherborne and Sherborne Castles have awarded a bursary to some highly talented young people from the Gryphon School who are already competing at county level and above in their chosen sport.

Each year choosing the worthy winners becomes more difficult and this year we have awarded three bursaries as we found it impossible to reduce this final three to two.  This years winners are:

Madelyn White  – Swimming and Accro Gymnastics
Madelyn spends 20 hours a week training for swimming, and is ranked top 3 for her age group (16).   Her highest achievement to date is making the ASA National final as part of this regions 4×100 freestyle relay team, finishing 5th overall from 40 teams competing.

Madelyn also does Accro Gymnastics training twice a week and has qualified at National level.   She competed in British Championships as part of a pair and came 16th, and at an International competition in Germany was placed 12th overall.

She will use her bursary money for competition fees  and for training in specialist camps.

William Morris  –  Rugby
William plays for Sherborne RFC, is in his 2nd year playing for Dorset and Wilts, and this year has played for Bath Academy.   He was player of the year 3 times at Sherborne.  He has been awarded the Gryphon School Contribution to Sport Award, and Gryphon Rugby player of the year.

William wants to progress to professional rugby with Bath and also do a degree in Sports development eventually, and will use his bursary to replace equipment and for travel costs.

Sophie Ward  –  Karate
Sophie is a black belt in 2013 was part of the Western Karate club based in Bristol where they have very high level of members including a world champion, and she has won two English National bronze medals, competed at International open competitions, and is a National Squad member.  Sophie trains twice a week in Yeovil, Bristol every three weeks as well as Friday nights and Sunday morning sessions

She hopes to be in the National Squad eventually and competing Internationally in 5 years time.  Her bursary money will help access training in Bristol more frequently and contribute to travel to competitions/entry fees.

Congratulations to all three winners, it was great to see them at our club recently and to hear their plans and dreams.  We where overwhelmed by just how hard these youngsters train and how committed they are to their chosen sports.


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