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Northgate Primary School pupil Kenny Millsom picked for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme

A Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club youngster has been selected to join Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme.

Kenny Millsom, 11, will benefit from unlimited gym use, swim and group fitness classes at its leisure centres nationwide, including Grange Paddocks in Bishop’s Stortford.

The Northgate Primary School pupil will also enjoy three group mentoring days with elite athletes throughout the year.

Kenny Millsom
Kenny Millsom

The programme is supported by Olympic medallist and ambassador Colin Jackson while its panel of top athletes also include Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, Lutalo Muhammad, Richard Kilty, Lauren Steadman, Maisie Summers-Newton and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Millsom first expressed an interest in swimming around a year ago having struggled to find his place in other group sporting activities.

As well as earning medals, being part of the swimming club has increased his confidence and self-esteem.

Launched in 2016, the Sporting Champions scheme has been responsible for more than £2 million worth of support to over 5,000 athletes across a huge variety of disciplines, from wheelchair basketballers and swimmers to artistic gymnasts and figure skaters.

From a total of 30 Sporting Champions competing at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, athletes achieved a combined five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

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