Bright young talents receive coaching grant courtesy of Kellogg’s
2 Sep 2010
Twenty-one young British swimmers will now get funding to help with their future swimming thanks to Kellogg’s after their fantastic performances at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships.
The first, second and third place BAGCAT winners all received recognition from Kellogg’s for their outstanding achievements in the pool thanks to the Team Kellogg’s Champions of Tomorrow Award.
The British Age Group Categories system, known in the sport as the BAGCATS, rewards young swimmers who are successful in a range of events. Points are awarded for each swim – the faster you swim the more points you get. The best points score from each category is added up and the swimmer with the most points is the winner – the best all rounder!
Promising swimmer Rosie Rudin bagged the prestigious BAGCAT title in the Girls’ 11 years age group at the Champs and not only did she leave with the national honour she also picked up a £100 coaching grant courtesy of Kellogg’s.
On receiving the grant Rudin said: "My training all year has been geared towards competing in the British Gas National Age Group Championships. I came here last year to watch my sister and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it but I never thought I would come away with so many medals.
“It's been really exciting and I've done a lot of personal best times which is nice. Overall my experience at the Nationals has given my confidence a big boost.
"I came into the Championships really wanting to win the overall BAGCAT title and I couldn't stop smiling on the podium!
"Getting the money from Kellogg’s was a great surprise. It was a lovely end to a tiring but successful week. I think I am going to put the money towards a performance costume.”
Aberdeen’s Suleman Butt swam to three individual medals to come second in the BAGCAT competition earning him a £75 coaching grant. When asked what he would spend the money on the 12-year-old seemed to have bigger things than swimming on his mind: “Winning the grant will enable me to increase my training sessions, and hopefully swim faster.
“I need to do a lot more training sessions in Stirling, our closest 50m pool, so I will probably put it towards that. Although I am tempted to put it towards a PS3!”
First placed BAGCAT Winners receive a £100 cheque towards their training fees. Second placed BAGCAT Winners receive £75 and third placed BAGCAT Winners receive £50.
Kellogg’s have been supporting swimming in the UK for more than a decade and as part of their current activity they are sponsoring five elite athletes in their quest for medal success in the pool, leading up to the London Olympics in 2012.
The athletes, including World and Olympic medallist swimmer Cassie Patten and European gold medallist Hannah Miley, are collectively known as Team Kellogg’s. As part of their commitment to Team Kellogg’s the athletes also act as mentors for rising stars as part of the Champions of Tomorrow Programme.
Bruce Learner, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Kellogg’s, said: “We’re keen to support the young people coming through the ranks of British Swimming through the Kellogg’s Champions of Tomorrow scheme. It’s important we encourage and recognise their achievements at this level and ultimately help them to reach their dreams of competing at the top level.”
The British Age Group Category winners are:
Boys’ 11 years
Frederick Cornwell (Barnet Copthall)
Edward Martin (Walsall)
Joshua Sanchez (Hamilton UAE)
Girls’ 11 years
Rosie Rudin (Nova Centurion)
Emily Graham (City of Birmingham)
Sophie Waller (Dover Life)
Boys’ 12 years
Martyn Walton (Hatfield)
Suleman Butt (Aberdeen)
Douglas Walker (City of Leeds)
Girls’ 12 years
Tie for first place
=Penny Whittingham (Royal Wolverhampton)
=Erin Nabney (Borough of Harrow)
Brearnna Close (City of Manchester Aquatics)
Boys’ 13 years
Rio Kurihara (Millfield)
Jordan Hughes (North Ayrshire)
Benjamin Kerry (Swim Traffor)
Girls’ 13 years
Kristina Neves (Guernsey)
Lucy ~Davis (Gallica)
Shauntelle Austin (Preston)
Boys’ 14 years
Caleb Hughes (Mid Beds)
Mark Szaranek (Carnegie)
Anthony Lucas (Gallica)