Local Rower Benefits From Trust Scholarship

A Year 9 student from King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby has been awarded a scholarship from the David Ross Education Trust (DRET).

Ten students were given an Odey scholarship, a scheme set up by supporters of the trust and millionaire, Crispin Odey, to help pupils to nurture their skills, talents and ambitions.

Pupils receive up to £1,000 for equipment and travel expenses.

One of the recipients, Bunty Blanshard, a Year 9 student from King Edward VI Academy recently came fifth in the national indoor rowing championships.

She used her scholarship to attend a London rowing camp where she got help from top British athletes, including Olympic gold medalists.

Simon Northcott, director of enrichment for DRET, said: “The standard of this year’s applicants has been very high. It just goes to show the extraordinary level of talent we have across our academies.”

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