Cash boost for talented 
teen show jumper Darbi

A talented show jumper from Nettleton has been accepted onto an elite programme for skilled athletes from Lincolnshire.

Equestrian eventing and show jumper Darbi Johnston-Murphy is one of 50 lucky people to get a place on the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) for 2013.

LEAP provides funding and support for talented sportsmen and women throughout Lincolnshire.

£20,000 will be distributed to the athletes who will receive grants between £100 and £1,000 to support their development over the next 12 months.

They will also be invited to a number of training courses and events throughout 2013.

This is the second consecutive year Market Rasen De Aston pupil Darbi has been accepted onto the programme, which is managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and supported by Local Authorities, businesses and organisations from across the county.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership LEAP project officer Rachel Belcher said athletes like Darbi will be given support so that they can “be the best they can be”.

She said: “In 2013, we have pledged to support 50 talented athletes from across Lincolnshire.

“We will support them on their journey to be the best they can be, with financial incentives, training courses and more, to support them in reaching their sporting dream.”

There are 30 different sports represented on LEAP in 2013.

This includes some of the most popular sports such as athletics, cycling and swimming.

And it also includes some less popular sports such as alpine skiing, archery, golf and shooting.

Athletes from all seven districts across Lincolnshire will receive support from the programme.