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Supporting Talented Young Athletes

Following the 2015 CAT we were delighted to be able to offer a total of £1500 in grant funding to help out promising young local athletes. As usual we received a number of impressive applications for the awards. The successful applicants this time round were mountain biker Donald Rodgers from Grantown on Spey, Aviemore windsurfer Erin Watson, and rugby player Jake Mills from Cromdale. All have high ambitions for reaching new goals in 2016 - watch this page for photos and reports of how our supported athletes are getting on.

Applications for grant awards from the 2016 CAT will open at the same time as entries, Tues 3rd May 2016, and must be submitted before this year’s event on Saturday 17th September.


I had a great year in 2015 with multiple podium positions in windsurfing events across the UK and Europe, including coming 8th in the World Championships in Sardinia.

I’ve just had my first race of 2016 on RSX, coming 8th overall and 3rd youth girl.

I’m now heading for the youth nationals at the beginning of April feeling confident, with high hopes that it will lead to selection for the youth squad and entry into most of the big summer events. 

Thanks again for your support.



Jake's season continues to go well at Highland RFC, the team are currently mid table in the national U18 league, and have had some ups and downs and a number of key injuries. Jake has been picked at a starting 2nd row in all games so far, so is contributing well to the club. The team are currently competing the in Caledonian Cup completion and so far are unbeaten, so progress is good. In addition to club rugby Jake has also competed now in two School rugby games, which have both been won with flying colours, Jake scored a try in both matches, which he is very pleased about.

In addition to this Jake hopes to use his rugby skills to secure a place at RGU in September as he travels to Aberdeen to study a sports science degree (fingers crossed all goes to plan) he has also attained his Level 1 swim coach qualification and has been working for Grantown swim club as a regular coach on Friday evenings in Grantown and Aviemore, adding something back to the local area to help create new and future swim athletes in the community. Jake would like to pass on his gratitude for the sponsorship & support this season, and hopes to finish the season this year with some "bling" to round off his final season for Highland U18's, and indeed Highland RFC as he moves onto pastures new.

Grantown-based top Mountain biker Donald Rodgers used CAT funding to buy a new frame for his bike for the 2016 race season. He is now heading for the 2016 Scottish Enduro Series, Ten Under the Ben, Tour De Ben Nevis and the MacAvalanche at Glencoe. This will be Donald’s first year in the elite seniors category and he hopes to rise to the challenge and keep up the outstanding success rate achieved last year.

To read about previous talented young athletes supported by CAT click on the names below:

Downhill Biker Rona Striven, Windsurfer Dean Hargreaves, Biathlete Mairi Blair, Cyclist Edward Fletcher, Freestyle Skier Lewis McWilliam, Footballers Josh Race and Sam Morrison and Biathlete Sam Cairns
supported by CAT 2014
Downhill Mountain Bike Racer, Elena Melton and Cyclist, Megan Riach
supported by CAT 2013
Downhill Bike Racer John Aisthorpe, Biathlete Robert Sircus
and Climber Scott Grosdanoff
supported by CAT 2012
Snowboarders Jamie Trinder and Andrew Forwood
supported by CAT 2011
Biathletes Calum Irvine and Scott Dixon and mountain biker Finlay Strivens supported by CAT 2010
Cyclist Charles Fletcher
supported by CAT 2009
Triathlete John Rutledge and sailor Chloe Robinson
supported by CAT 2008
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