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.

2020 Zara Obamakinwa
Zara Obamakinwa



Achievements to date

  • 2019 - National Champion
  • 2019 - SIAB International champion
  • 2018 - National Champion, Schools Champion and South of England Champion
  • 2017 - National Champion, and South of England Champion

I am 16 years old and have been competing in athletics for four years now. I have ranked first in the country in my age group for discus for three years consecutively and have represented the nation at international athletics meetings, most recently winning the SIAB schools international in Discus.

My first introduction to athletics, in particular throwing events, was in primary school. I have always been fairly strong and in primary school I won first place in my schools hammer throw competition but I did not really think much of it. It was only when I entered secondary school that I realised I could throw. My school’s Head of Sport encouraged me to join a local club and I haven’t looked back since.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Winning the SIAB home international

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Losing the 2019 English schools as I went being the favourite to win

Most respected sportsperson

Sandra Perković – Croatia – Discus

Ritual before sporting competition

Hoop earrings in… Throwing shoes strapped extra tight… Lots of thigh slaps to get rid of nerves… Wipe feet on concrete… Big deep breathe

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Over the last twenty years, £198,554 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.