Medals won by Wiltshire Council-funded athletes in the UK and abroad during the past few months include Salisbury’s Lucy-Jane Matthews.

Although just 16, she was selected for the under-20 European Athletics Championships, where she won a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles.

Lucy has also set the new British under 18 record, and is now ranked as the UK under 20 No.1 and the best under 18 in Europe.

Lucy-Jane said: “I am grateful for all the funding support, starting with the Sports Scholarship through to the Elite Athlete Grant. This has helped me to progress through my sport, gain GB selection and to win a medal at my first major championships.

“The support means so much to me. Knowing I have the backing of my local community has inspired me to achieve even greater success in the long-term.”

The council supports rising athletes through its Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Foundation to help local talented athletes reach their potential.

Pictured: Lucy-Jane Matthews. By British Athletics U20 Team Leader Trevor Painter.

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