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Gymnast, Nicole Watson Nicole Watson

Nicole Watson is a talented young gymnast from Newport, Shropshire, on the Great Britain team and with aspirations for the 2012 Olympics.


May 2009

The JWCT has awarded a further 1,000 to Nicole Watson, a 13 year-old gymnast (pictured with her coach Christine Still). Nicole has achieved great personal success over the past 12 months, including at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival in Sydney in January 2009. Despite a strained foot, Nicole hopes to be invited to the European Youth Olympics in Finland in July 2009, provided she qualifies.

Nicole said on receiving the funding "I managed to achieve a lot last year and much of it was due to your [the JWCT's] support. Qualifying for internationals adds a lot to my expenses as I have to do extra competitions as well as my usual national and regional ones. Thank you once again for coming to see me and for your support which helped me get in to the Australian Youth Olympics. Bringing a medal home for Britain is best thing I have done so far in gymnastics. . . Carry on the good work for the Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust, it is a wonderful cause.”

April 2008

12 year-old Nicole Watson received 1,000 in April 2008 from the JWCT to help with the costs of equipment, travel and accommodation in relation to training and competitions.

Nicole receives training from the World Class Start Scheme however does not receive any financial assistance. Her coach Christine Still said “Nicole is a very talented and dedicated young gymnast; she has already represented GB in junior international competitions and shows a great temperament for high pressure competition”.

Nicole said the funding would “help me greatly not having financial pressure on top of the 20 hours a week it takes for me to train” and added “I love my sport . . . the money will help me carry on competing for my country and hopefully I'll be able to get to the Olympics.”

The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust
a charity registered in England and Wales. No. 1114871