Stone Lions Club – supporting the youth of Stone

left to right, Jessica Magson, Lion President Rod Niven and Sarah Norbury.
left to right, Jessica Magson, Lion President Rod Niven and Sarah Norbury.

The Lions in Stone have supported a number of youngsters over the years, and social events have been held in the past when members have been entertained by some of them coming along and explaining how they have used the sponsorship to progress in their chosen fields.
The club has seen the benefits of their support and the progress of the young sports persons has been quite incredible.

On Wednesday the 25th February 2015 the club once again hosted an evening for the latest recipients of sponsorship, to give their individual reaction to the support, and how it had helped them to develop both socially and physically.

Jessica in action!
Jessica in action!

This year should have included a presentation by Jess Magson, a canoeist, Sarah Norbury sailing and a group of girls from the Right Stuff Boxing club, unfortunately the latter group were unable to attend.
Jessica was the first to tell the Lions what she had been up to for the last year, and the progress that she has made since the club first helped her to buy her canoe.

A move up the ranks in the various classes has seen Jessica representing the Stone and Stafford Canoe Club in a number of competitions, she also spends a lot of time at the Nottingham white water course, has attended training sessions at Lee Valley Olympic WWC,

One of her main achievements was being selected as part of the England Talent Squad where she was awarded one of the 13 spaces at the Central Regional Talent Academy.

Photo of a younger Jessica with Welfare chair Lindsey Paxton and her canoe
Photo of a younger Jessica with Welfare chair Lindsey Paxton and her canoe

Jessica has also been active with her own club where she is one of the coaches for the younger members, not forgetting that she is only 14 years old!

The second speaker was Sarah Norbury who the club has sponsored a little longer that Jessica, and she gave an excellent presentation with a number of action photos.

Sarah and her crew Mari have taken part in a number of regattas in various parts of England and on the continent with a trip to Portugal for the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championships.
Sarah won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 junior European 420 sailing championships in Poland.
Both Jessica and Sarah have their sights set on Olympic selection in the years to come, and the Stone Lions would like to wish them well, if dedication and hard work is anything to go by then we are sure that they will be successful!

Sarah and her crew Mari leading the pack
Sarah and her crew Mari leading the pack

After each presentation there was a question and answer session, both girls being well up to the task, the confidence that these young sports people show is amazing and with youngsters like this the country will be well looked after in years to come.