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Olympic hopefuls win pool gold

PUBLISHED: 12:21 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 11 August 2010

Kelsey and Daniel

Kelsey and Daniel

TWO promising young athletes are Living the Dream after receiving funding from the sports charity. Kelsey Richards and Daniel Stepton, both members of Romford Town Swimming club, received grants from Living the Dream last month and then went on to win t

TWO promising young athletes are 'Living the Dream' after receiving funding from the sports charity.

Kelsey Richards and Daniel Stepton, both members of Romford Town Swimming club, received grants from Living the Dream last month and then went on to win the Essex Championships for their respective age groups.

The Living the Dream charity, which was set up by businesses and voluntary groups in the borough, and is backed by the POST and the council, provides grants to help young athletes to reach their potential by helping with what can sometimes be massive training costs.

Kelsey, of Chadwell Heath, won a fantastic nine gold medals to come first in the 14-year-old girls' group.

Kelsey's mum Lisa said: "The money meant we could take Kelsey to another stroke technique clinic which was very helpful.

"She has regionals in May and then it will be on to the nationals. I'm very proud of her."

The 16-year-old boys' title was taken by Richard, who comes from Barking, after he won five gold medals.

Richard will now go on to compete against some of the best swimmers in the country in the open nationals, a competition usually intended for athletes over 19 years of age.

Mum Claire said: "Daniel was lucky enough to receive a grant from Living the Dream and this will be a huge help towards hotel and travel costs when attending events. This will be a tough year for him as he is about to start his GCSEs, but I'm really pleased for him.

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