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Hampshire scheme given Olympic boost

Olympican Dani King
Gold medallist Dani King launched the Hampshire-based programme Credit: PA Wire

A Hampshire athlete scheme has seen its funding doubled thanks to an Olympic Legacy Programme.

Promising sportsmen and women are being invited to apply for the scheme which opens applications from Monday 2nd September.

The programme was launched by Hampshire-based gold medallist cyclist Dani King in July.

Hampshire County Council's Olympic Legacy Programme have given the athlete scheme £92,000 per year for the next three years.

The money will support local athletes with training, sports science and physiotherapy.

Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said:

“Hampshire has a strong sporting heritage, with many exceptional sportsmen and women living in the county. The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme goes some way to providing much needed support to these committed, talented and determined sportsmen and women.”

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Hampshire cycleway named after gold medallist

Dani King goes for gold Credit: Press Association

Eastleigh Borough Council is set to honour local Olympic gold medallist Dani King by naming a cycle route in her home village of Hamble-le-Rice as the ‘Dani King Cycleway’.

The safe cycling route runs along Hamble Lane from near to the junction with Portsmouth Road in Bursledon to its junction with Copse Lane near to Hamble-le-Rice village.

Dani King after winning the Women's Team Pursuit Final Credit: Press Association

The cycle route passes Dani’s old primary school and Hamble Community Sports College where she started her cycling career and runs close to her parents’ home.

Dani says "It will be an honour to have a cycle path named after me. When people ride along it I hope it will remind them of the legacy of the Olympics and inspire them to keep fit and enjoy sport".

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