Sheffield scholarships for sports stars

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POTENTIAL Olympic heroes of tomorrow have been honoured with special scholarships through a pioneering Sheffield University programme.

A group of 24 rising stars were welcomed to the Elite Sports Performance Scheme at a ceremony in the Students’ Union.

Two Sheffield graduates who were key members of Team GB this year – Paralympic table tennis champion Dave Wetherill, aged 22, and 24-year-old volleyball player Kieran O’Malley – presented the awards.

The scheme was launched in 2010 to provide financial and non-financial support to talented student athletes at the university.

Athletes receive support such as free gym access and physiotherapy. Others get a £1,000 grant.