The recipients of our grants are all dedicated to either participating in sport at a high level or to providing opportunities for young people to participate in sport.

2018 Georgia Silk
Georgia Silk



Achievements to date

  • 2018 - 5th British Youth Championships
  • 2017 - Selected for Southeast team; Senior Winton in Nottingham and scored final point to ensure the Southeast won the event.
  • 2017 - Gold at the Southeast Championships
  • 2017 - Selected for GB; Mödling, Austria; Cabries, France; and Rome, Italy
  • 2016 - Selected for GB; Pisa, Italy

My name is Georgia Silk, I am 15 years old and have just finished my GCSEs at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School. I have been fencing and competing since the age of nine. Fencing is very enjoyable to me, I enjoy the training and competitive side. I started fencing at Mallard Fencing Club in Canterbury and my coach Jane Clayton saw potential in me and coached me through to be selected for England. On Jane’s advice I moved onto my current club Newham Swords where I joined their Elite program and is where I train now three times a week with Olympians Linda Strachan and Pierre Harper. The Elite sessions last for three hours and are non-stop fencing and fitness training. I also swim and run regularly and intend to join my local Gym when I am 16 for further strength training. I am so grateful to all the people that have supported me, all my personal coaches for the time they have put into me and my family for all the early morning starts, time and money for getting me to where I need to be.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

5th place at the U16 British Championships 2018.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Coming 22nd at the U14 British Championships in 2016.

Most respected sportsperson

Valentina Vezzali, who is an Italian Woman’s Foil fencer. She won six Olympic gold medals and is the first fencer in Olympic history to win three Individual Foil gold medals at three consecutive Olympics. Vezzali is one of only four athletes in the history of the Summer Olympic Games to have won five medals in the same individual event, she also won 11 Fencing World Cups.

Ritual before sporting competition

I usually relax the night before and eat a carbohydrate loaded meal such as pasta.

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Over the last twenty years, £210,000 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.


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