Spring lunch celebrates women’s success in sport
County Durham Community Foundation‘s ‘Women’s Spring Lunch’ saw 10 young athletes from County Durham come together to celebrate their success at Ramside Hall in Durham.
The annual event, hosted by Caroline Theobald, was attended by 180 guests including business women, groups of friends and other individuals. Guests enjoyed an ‘In Conversation With’ three of the young athletes to hear about their inspiring stories in sport: Georgia O’Connor, a Boxer who won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games; Tia Anderson, England National Champion over 300m; and Lauren Irwin, rower who is a current Great Britain International.
County Durham Community Foundation has been holding the women’s lunch annually for nine years to encourage more individuals and businesses to help local people give back to their community.
Michelle Cooper, Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation, said: “It was great to see so many women come together to celebrate the achievements of the talented individuals from the region.”
Sports for all
Funding has also benefited the wider community, which has helped support gyms, provide better equipment, and get more people into sport.
The athletes who have all been supported by the Foundation also included Layla Bell, an athlete who was selected to represent Great Britain at the world Catholic games; Lucy Erin Hunter, a silver medalist for North East 1500m 2 years in a row; Kari Elizabeth Dougall, a Member of GB emerging talent squad and the Senior England Pistol Shooting Academy; Simone Abley, a 6 times British National champion in Taekwondo; Eve Larsen, rower who has represented the North of England in regional trials; Abbi Wheatley, a golfer who had success in 2015 and 2017 in The Race to Rockcliffe where she won the girls best net order of merit; and Isabell Garnham who placed 4th in her age group at the British Championships trampolining.