0106. Doncaster athletes receive boost from DCLT

Talented athletes based in Doncaster are being given a helping hand from the Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.

DCLT have launched their Talented Athlete Support Scheme (TASS) which enables athletes who represent Great Britain at national or international level to have free access to the facilities on offer at the Trusts leisure centres across Doncaster.

Jon Whiteley, Head of Health, Leisure and Partnerships at DCLT, said: “We are delighted to be able kick-start this scheme. We have a wealth of sporting talent in Doncaster and the surrounding areas and we are only too happy to support the athletes representing Great Britain at top levels, especially in an Olympic year.

“Athletes signing up to TASS receive a full induction to the programme and receive information on all our facilities and venues. Any athlete who represents GB at national or international level can register for the scheme. We just require a letter of support from their respective governing body.

“We have already had a great response to the scheme and 15 athletes who compete in a variety of sports have signed up.”

One of the athletes who has already started to benefit from the scheme is 66 year old powerlifter Tom Collins. Tom, from Stainforth in Doncaster, specialises in the bench press discipline and has recently set a new British and Commonwealth record for bench pressing 190 kilograms (419lbs).

Tom recently completed as part of the Great British powerlifting team in America at the World Masters Bench Press championships.

Tom said: “The Talented Athlete Support Scheme is a fantastic initiative and I am delighted to be part of the programme.                                               

“To maintain my levels of fitness I train three times per week and as powerlifting isn’t a particularly lucrative sport and I have to fund the majority of my own training so to receive free access at DCLT’s facilities is excellent.