28 October 2014
Charlotte’s SportsAid grant puts her career well on course
Charlotte West, the teenage golfer from Buckinghamshire who has taken the golf world by storm, has received a £750 grant from the Bucks SportsAid Foundation.
Earlier this year the 17-year-old amateur, who is already part of the England U16 squad, beat a professional field to win her first event in the WPGA One Day Series at Chestfield in Kent.
She was congratulated on receiving her award on Friday (October 24) at a special Bucks Sporting Lunch Club event at Dorney Lake, by former England cricketer and national squad selector Geoff Miller OBE.
Charlotte, who lives in Prestwood, attends Amersham and Wycombe College, where she is studying for a BTec Sport Diploma Level 2.
A past Buckinghamshire champion and member of Harewood Downs Golf Club, she began playing golf at the age of just nine, when her father offered her a lesson and almost immediately her potential was spotted by the club’s golf pro.
Now practising six days a week, she says her ambition is to play at St Andrew’s, turn professional and play on the PGA tour.
Thanking the sponsors and SportsAid for the grant, which went towards buying equipment, fitness coaching and travel to a competition in Ireland, she said: “I’m very grateful for the support.
“Winning the One Day Series was one of my biggest achievements and I’m determined to play as much as possible and try and turn pro to make this my future career.”
Chris Hardy, senior partner at B P Collins LLP, one of the sponsors, welcomed around 100 guests to the event which, he said, raised essential funding for a very worthy cause.
He also spoke about how the qualities of hard work, self-organisation and discipline, combined with teamwork, were equally important in the sporting arena and the business world, before going on to introduce guest of honour Miller, who as chair of selectors oversaw an England team that became the top ranked test nation in the world.
Miller provided the audience with an insight into the many highlights of his sporting career, playing with the likes of Viv Richards, Ian Botham and Geoff Boycott, and talked of the great “honour and privilege” of being the person who makes “players dreams come true” by selecting them to play for their country.
Charlotte’s award was one of a series of grants which have been given to up-and-coming young athletes from across the county over the last few years at Bucks Sporting Lunch Club events.
Among them was athlete Pippa Woolven, from Medmenham near Marlow, who took a massive step forward in her career this summer when she competed for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, finishing eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a personal best time.
Others have included snowboarder Becky Menday, who received an award in 2011 and has since achieved major success at the British Indoor Championship 2013. Becky is now aiming to become slopestyle female world champion in the Junior World Championships in winter 2015.
Meanwhile hockey player Jack Clee from Marlow, a grant recipient in 2013, has gone on to captain the England U18 squad and is aiming for a gold medal at the Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
The Sporting Lunch Club is supported by local businesses as part of a fundraising programme to help young sports stars of the future with training, equipment and travelling expenses.
Other sponsors are Harwood Hutton accountants, Buckinghamshire New University, Television Systems Limited and Evolution Live.