Every year Milton Keynes Community Foundation and SportsAid UK work in partnership to award 4 local sports stars with a bursary of £2,000. The presentation took place at Jurys Inn on 19th May at the MK Sporting Lunch Club; guests were lucky enough to hear Olympic Swimmer, Mark Foster, speak about his sporting journey and how it felt to be the Olympic Flagbearer.
Let's hear about our winners!
Callum Hemming 17 – Badminton
Callum has had a brilliant season, here are just a few of his achievements.
This season Callum has started well and reached the semi-finals of both doubles events at the Badminton U19 Nationals, along with winning both doubles titles at a recent U19 Gold Tournament.
He played the majority of the team event games (for both mixed and doubles) at the World Junior Championships, taking them to a position of 12th in the world.
Callum has also been playing in the French League to gain more experience. With Callum’s help, they were promoted and he has been asked to continue to represent them.
Internationally, he is starting to venture into the senior circuit reaching the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at two Senior Internationals in Slovakia and Bulgaria, and winning his first senior title at the Iceland International tournament in the mixed doubles event with his partner Fee Teng.
Philippa Stacey 19 - Lacrosse
Philippa began her sporting journey playing hockey for Bucks County at 13 it seemed like a natural progression to move into playing Lacrosse.
Since the transition, Philippa has blossomed and her quality has been recognised at a national level; she has represented England during the U19 A Team Home Internationals in 2016 and later went on to tour Italy and the USA with the squad.
Furthermore, in 2017, Philippa was chosen to captain the England U19 team during the Senior regionals and also represented her country when the U19s faced Japan.
Currently, Philippa is studying her A-Levels in Biology, Sports and Maths.
"I feel so thrilled to have received this bursary and also excited about the opportunities it will give me. I am extremely honoured and grateful to be supported by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and I am proud to be an ambassador for my sport." Philippa Stacey
This year she will represent England U19 at the World Cup Festival.
Fee Teng Liew 17 - Badminton
This season, Fee Teng has won both doubles titles at the Badminton U19 English Nationals.
Internationally, she has reached the quarterfinals of both doubles events at the U19 Belgium Junior Championships and also quarterfinals of doubles events at two Senior Internationals, as she starts to make the transition from Junior to Senior International Badminton.
She was also selected again for the BWF World Junior U19 Championships, where she and her partner Callum reached the 4th Round.
In January this year, she won her first senior title at the Iceland International tournament in the mixed doubles event.
Domestically, she has now finished her junior badminton career as she transitions to senior. Besides many junior age group Open titles and some domestic Senior Gold titles during her junior career, she has won a total of 11 Junior National Championship Titles.
Internationally, besides the Senior Iceland title, she has won 3 Junior European team medals and 2 Junior European individual medals on top of some junior age group titles over the years.
“I'm so thankful to be able to win this sports bursary as it enables me to take up bigger and better opportunities to help me succeed. It will play a big part in supporting my training, travel and equipment costs.” Fee Teng Liew.
Pamela Reyes 14 - Badminton
This season, Pamela has won the singles and girl's doubles titles at the Badminton U15 English Nationals and finished runner-up in the mixed doubles.
At the U17 English National Championships, Pamela won a gold medal in the singles and silver in the doubles. She has also won the girl's doubles at an U17 Gold Tournament this season.
Internationally, she was selected for the U15 Danish Junior Cup and U15 Eight Nations, where she reached the semi-finals of the singles in the Eight Nations and the quarterfinals at the U15 Danish Junior Cup.
Furthermore, she has been selected for the England team to play in the Six Nations in Denmark. She has the potential to be an International / European circuit player.
“I’m really happy and appreciate winning this bursary. It has inspired me to keep working hard to achieve my goals.” Pamela Reyes.
All 4 bursary winners expressed that they will be using the bursary to support their sporting careers by using it to contribute towards costs such as competition and coaching fees, purchasing new equipment and travel expenses.
It was fantastic sporting lunch and a brilliant chance to champion the up-and-coming talent and make sure they know we are behind them in their quest for sporting greatness.