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Durbidge set to fly the GB flag

PUBLISHED: 06:28 30 May 2014

Talented athlete Holly Durbidge receives sponsorship from the Gwen Baker Trust to help fund her trip to Holland to compete in the INAS European Athletics Championships John and Christine Stannard hand over the cheque to Holly.

Talented athlete Holly Durbidge receives sponsorship from the Gwen Baker Trust to help fund her trip to Holland to compete in the INAS European Athletics Championships John and Christine Stannard hand over the cheque to Holly.

A talented athlete will be flying the flag for Great Britain once more next month.

Holly Durbidge, 21, from Carlton Colville, has been selected as one of only three women across the country to compete in the prestigious Inas Open European Athletics Championships at Bergen Op Zoom in the Netherlands.

Competing in the 110m, 200m and discus, Holly will be joined once more in the GB squad by former Ashley School team-mate Declan Manning, from Bungay, who will compete in the discus throw, hammer and shot put. They will be part of a UK Sports Association GB team of nine who will be up against strong competitors from Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Netherlands and Croatia in the championships for people with a learning disability.

The competition runs between June 11 and June 15, and helping on her way to fulfilling a golden dream, Holly has received sponsorship through the Gwen Baker Trust.

This week she received funding support from John and Christine Stannard – who are trustees of the Gwen Baker Trust – after they agreed to sponsor Holly.

Holly, who has world and European rankings in her events, has been competing on the track and field since starting at the Ashley School, under the guidance of Jackie Milton. With Holly’s family being “extremely proud” of her achievements, the talented athlete trains up to six times a week in Norwich and at the Nirvana gym in south Lowestoft, who also sponsor her to use their facilities.

A member of CONAC, Holly competed in the Norfolk open championships on Sunday, winning two golds and a silver in her age group.

The 21-year-old does voluntary work at the Warren School and goes to Ashley School to help out as well. But with increased self-finance needed to follow her dream, the support of the Gwen Baker Trust has proved vital.

Mr Stannard said: “Young people in Lowestoft need supporting and we are pleased to support Holly. We look forward to seeing her progress as she has put a lot of hard work into this. It is such a worthy cause and the trust will help Holly for the year ahead to not let her efforts go to waste.”

Although admitting to being a “bit nervous,” Holly said: “I am really looking forward to the championships.”

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