A sisterhood of sport was celebrated at the County Durham Community Foundation’s annual Women’s Spring Lunch today.

A squad of young sportswomen, literally at the top of their game, have been supported by grants from County Durham Community Foundation.

Their achievements, from boxing to rowing to athletics, were celebrated at an inspiring women’s lunch at Ramside Hall.

More than 160 influential women from the world of business, enterprise and charity gathered for the celebration of talented individuals supported by the Community Foundation.

The ‘team’ of talented young women spoke of how grants had helped cover costs of accommodation, travel, equipment and support, all of which enable them to compete at national and international levels in their chosen sports.

The roll call of young sporting talent included:

– Boxer Georgia O Connor, who won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in 2017.

– Athlete Tia Anderson, England National Champion over 300m.

– Rower Lauren Irwin, the current Great Britain International who competed in the World Junior Championships in Rotterdam in August 2016.

– Athlete Layla Bell, who was selected to represent Great Britain at the World Catholic Games where she achieved a silver and bronze medal.

– Pistol shooter Kari Elizabeth Dougall, a member of the GB emerging talent squad and senior England Pistol Shooting Academy.

– Taekwondo champion Simone Abley. Simone has represented Great Britain five times and has won numerous international medals overseas and in the UK. She is a cadet world and European bronze medalist and competes abroad at senior level.

– Trampoline champion Isabell Garnham. In 2016 she placed 4th in her age group at the British Championships in her individual routine and won a gold medal with her partner in the synchronised routine.– Golfer Abbi Wheatley. Success in the last three years and in 2015 and 2017 in The Race to Rockliffe where she achieved girls’ best net order of merit.

The event was hosted by well-known businesswoman Caroline Theobald and CDCF chief executive Michelle Cooper.

Companies attending included: Deloitte, Clive Owen, Handeslbanken, Haines Watts, Taylor Packaging, Urban Base, Ward Hadaway, EMG Solicitors and Latimer Hinks Solicitors.

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