Young Cambridge diver secures funding for bright future
9th March 2012
Fifteen-year old diving star, Daniel Goodfellow from Cambridge has been awarded an ICAP Beckwith Scholarships for the coming year.
The ICAP Beckwith Scholarships are awarded through the Youth Sport Trust and provide vital funding to cover essential training needs and competition costs as well as access to top class coaching and medical support.
Daniel, who trains with Cambridge Diving was nominated for the funding by the Amateur Swimming Association, the National Governing Body for aquatics in England. He was nominated thanks to a string of impressive performances on a national and international scale.
Daniel’s career reached an all time high in 2011 when he became National Boys Group B Champion on the 3 metre board and the Platform and narrowly missed out on a clean sweep coming second on the 1m board. He also qualified for the European Junior Championships despite having no prior international experience and came away with a bronze medal as well as a fourth and a fifth placing.
Daniel’s mum, Sharon Goodfellow said: “The ICAP Beckwith Scholarship is a huge deal to Daniel and his family. It will mean he can continue to work on his platform training which he regularly has to travel to Southend and Leeds for and these trips every week for training will now be easier to afford.
"Daniel will also be able to continue to compete across the country with GB selection for competitions in Dresden, Graz and Adelaide as his aims for this year. He has to fit in seven training sessions a week, competitions and school work so his schedule is quite demanding!”
Marc Holdsworth, Head Coach at Cambridge Diving, was also delighted by the news of the scholarship.
“Cambridge Diving is improving every year," said Holdsworth. "In 2011 we had our first Great Britain representatives in Daniel and his team mate Lucy Cliff.
"Scholarship programmes such as this are really helpful in ensuring that talented youngsters such as Daniel can continue to take part in their sport. Cambridge is a small club with a big future and Daniel is part of that.”