Grace Chaundy

CG5 trustee Dan Richards had a quick catch up with Grace Chaundy;

What about your sport do you like the most?

It has given me the opportunity to play cricket at a high competitive level, meeting new people and making friends that are kept forever.

When and what first got you interested in the sport?

My Dad played cricket when he was younger and then my brother started to play. After going to watch him, I thought I would like to have a go and have been playing ever since Read more

Sarah Kilmister

CG5 founder and trustee spoke with Sarah, one of last years awardee who was awarded a Rugby Grant towards Kit as she was starting at Hartpury College

Hi Sarah! Great to catch up with you – How’s everything going?

Ermmmm, well, not great to be honest!!! I’m injured! I’m currently facing no (Rugby/running) training for up to 6 weeks, due to suspected stress fractures in both ankles!

Originally they thought it was Shin Splints, so they backed me off of training just before Christmas, I had 2 weeks of physio and rehab, which included Massage and Acupuncture, and some downtime over Christmas/NY, but nothing much changed and after Christmas, I was back to physio, then referred to the GP for X-rays 🙁 Read more

Abi Watkins

Steve Edwards had a great catch up with Fencing Awardee Abi Watkins.

What about your sport do you like the most?

Acquiring new skills and developing tactics, becoming fitter in order to use my skill. Working out my opponent’s tactics and their skill level. New fencers are difficult because they are un-predictable.

When and what first got you interested in the sport? 

My father had been a keen club fencer and first took me to Malvern Hills Swords in the summer of 2012 and on my first visit the Canadian Olympic Pentathlon team dropped in. That was that. I started doing Foil but its Epee for me, I wasted a year with foil but it shows it pays to try every aspect of your sport. Read more

Jonny Jones

Craig Gillies earlier this week caught up with Sprint canoeist Jonny, to give us an update on how the grant has helped and what he’s been up to over the past few months.

Hi Jonny, can you just give us a bit of background – how did you get into Sprint Canoeing?

It was basically back in 2004. I was looking for something to do after school and where I grew up in Fladbury – there’s either a tennis club or the paddle club and, for me, the paddle club was the natural choice! I have always been a competitive person, even from a young age and I just loved being out there and racing against people! Also because Fladbury is such a small place, the coach to athlete ratio is quite high, so it means you get a lot of quality support and coaching. The coaches and everybody at the club were very encouraging and supportive, I felt right at home. Also, if I may say so, ‘watermanship’ seemed to come relatively naturally to me as I quickly grasped that paddling on the right would turn the boat to the left. Read more

Jack Dirkin

Jack Dirkin – Jnr Golfer aged 7

In June 2016 Jack was awarded a grant to help Jack travel and compete in America for World cup of Golf and to also contribute to some equipment. We recently had a quick catch up with Jack to see how he’s getting on;

What about your sport do you like the most? 

Whacking the ball and playing and practicing with friends

When and what first got you interested in the sport? 

My dad, shortly just after I started to walk, I liked hitting balls

Can you give us a list of your top accomplishments, records you may have broken and your personal highlights so far or your proudest moments?

Came 9th out of 60 in the European Boys 7 year group aged 6 in 2016 in Scotland. I won the British Boys 7 year group at Woodhall Spa and I’m the current British Champion. I played in the World junior golf finals in the USA in August 2016 and finished 40th out of 120 in the boys 7 yr group. Read more

Sian Bobrowska update

Sian started judo at the age of 7, at Worcester Judo Club and very soon after starting she wanted to compete. She has gone on to win many major tournaments and represented her country twice in as many years.

Her biggest achievements include;

  • British schools champion 2014
  • silver medalist at the British nationals 2014
  • Welsh open champion 2012/2013/2014/2015
  • school games bronze 2015 and silver 2016
  • midland area champion 2015
  • 5th place at flanders international Holland 2015

…along with many other medals and trophies approx 85 at the last count.

Sian also started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Trojan Free Fighters / Checkmat Worcester about 2 and half years ago to help her ground game , she has also excelled at this sport which she also loves to compete in , and has become British and European champion.

Photo credit: Dan Minto Photography

Update from William Kitching

Ahead of starting his 3rd year at Worcester University, we’re pleased to update you that Will reached the quarter finals of the National University Championships held in Sheffield and was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year 2016 at the University of Worcester Sports Awards. A great end to his second year at Worcester University!

His summer training has been going well and last weekend William entered his first tournament of the year in Hertfordshire, reaching the quarter finals of the singles in a Grade 2 senior tournament.

This year is going to busy for him academically, and I am also in process of starting my Badminton Level 2 Coaching qualification.

Earlier this year William became the Welsh National single Champion!

Great stuff from William and congratulations on all your success from everyone here at CG5

New patrons and trustees for CG5

Worcestershire non-profit organisation CG5, has announced the appointments of two new trustees and two additional patrons, as it continues to provide financial support to the county’s future sports stars.

CG5, which was founded to promote participation in sport amongst young people, has added to its four founding trustees by appointing businessman and martial arts gym owner Dan Richards, and Worcester Wolves basketball veteran Chris Lowe, as trustees of the charity.

CG5 has also announced another two patrons who will help oversee its ongoing success and profile across the county.

Dutch-born Worcester jeweller Anja Potze becomes a patron along with Peter Millichip, CEO of Sir Bert Millichip Sports. They both join Mick Donovan, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester, who was named as the organisation’s first patron last year.

Steve Edwards, trustee of CG5 said: “CG5 has come on leaps and bounds in the past 18 months and our profile has raised considerably, meaning more people are requesting grants to help them realise their sporting dreams.

“All four appointments will be vital to us in running the charity, but also in deciding grant awards and helping to run fundraising events.

“Each person brings different experience, expertise and profile to CG5 and I am certain they will add an extra dimension as we look to award even more grants over the next 12 months”.

CG5 announced the appointments at their latest fundraising event; a Ladies Marquee Evening, held at Worcester Racecourse last month. They also awarded grants to more young people, including six year-old golf star Jack Dirkin who is the UK’s number one in his age group. He was the 17th person to be awarded a sporting grant by CG5 since they began in 2015.

CG5 is now managed by a group of six trustees. Aside from Mr Richards, Mr Lowe and Mr Edwards, they include Worcestershire businessmen Simon Secretan and Rob March, alongside former Worcester Warriors lock, Craig Gillies.

Article credit: Lorraine Henry | Henry Pepper