Randall Parker Food Supports Talented StudentsRandall Parker Foods Ltd, in partnership with John Hanson Community School , have set up a Personal Development Bursary Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide support to talented students to enable them to fulfil their ambitions/talents in areas including (but not limited to) Sport, Music, Business, Art, Computer Science and Technology. Financial support is considered for students who have demonstrated commitment and talent in a particular skill or discipline. Students who qualify for support would also be looking to develop their skills to a higher / professional standard – including representation at County, National or even International competitions.

Advertising with Basepoint Business CentreDuring the last year four students have been given financial support from the bursary to assist them to take their skill forward at a higher level. Here is a brief outline of their stories.

Connor Burdock – Junior Kickboxing World Champion

In 2015 Connor competed in two International competitions: Kids Kwon UK Open in July 2015, where he finished first and the Bristol Open on the 15th October, where he finished third. He also took part in a Fight Night and various UK Tournaments. Connor qualified for the WKU World championships 2015 which took place in Albir, Spain between the 28th October- 4 th November 2015.

Connor weighed in successfully and impressed the England coaches with his attitude and skill so he was chosen to represent the Team in points fighting. The England Team fought well and narrowly lost out in the finals to come away with the Silver Medal. Connor then fought a German competitor. He used his speed and footwork when the German came in close. It was a tense moment waiting for the Judge’s decision, but Connor knew he had done enough. He became – World Champion 2015.

Katherine Dempsey – American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup

Katherine Dempsey travelled with four other girls on the UK team, to the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. There were 13 other teams that attended which included: Belgium, Japan, Norway, Denmark, USA, France, Australia, Canada and a few more. There were around 100 competitors in the competition and the next world cup will be 2018 which will be held in Texas. Katherine said ‘I was able to come 5th out of 26 of the current best youth trail riders in the world with being only 1⁄2 point off 4th and 1 a point off of 3RD! “I felt more confident that ever – and rode as well as I have ever ridden”.

Tom Hewson – English Schools International Board

Tom Hewson followed up his recent silver at the English Athletics event in Gateshead with a further silver for England in the English Schools International Board which was held in Ashford, Kent. Tom’s throw of 56.37m made him the lead England thrower. In Tom’s event, Ireland took gold and Scotland bronze. As an unexpected bonus, Commonwealth and European gold medal winning champion javelin thrower Steve Backley OBE came to present the medals, so Tom had the opportunity to chat to him and ask a few questions.

Darcie Henderson – selected English Schools at Gateshead

Darcie was selected to run for Hampshire this year which has been a massive achievement. She achieved demanding qualifying times for Nationals and was also selected for English Schools at Gateshead.

Darcie has been very consistent this year and ran some very good times. She won her heat at English Schools to move up to the semi finals however did not manage to qualify for the finals this time. At the Nationals in Bedford she was sadly disqualified in the first heat with a false start. She was devastated having put in a huge amount of training this year. Darcie moves up to the U20 age group next year and she is determined to move towards her goals. She will have three years in this age group. She is currently studying an extended diploma in PE at Peter Symonds, so this should give her a greater understanding of the training requirements to succeed in this very tough sport.

It is thanks to the Randall Parker Foods bursary fund, and the students parents, that the young people have been able to take part in these fantastic events across the UK and beyond.

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