Bondholder The Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) is proud to confirm that 11 of their supported athletes will be heading to Australia over the coming days for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Team England have selected 10 DIS athletes to be part of their swimming, cycling, athletics and table tennis teams. A further DIS cyclist has been selected to be part of Team Scotland.
When the last Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow in 2014 the DIS had 3 athletes taking part. For the 2018 Games this number has more than tripled with 11 athletes travelling to Australia. This is a big step forward for the DIS in achieving their objective of ensuring 20 athletes from Derbyshire become World Class by 2020.
Chloe Maudsley, Head of Operations for DIS: “It is amazing to see so many athletes from Derbyshire going to the Commonwealth Games. They have all worked exceptionally hard and all the team at DIS are very proud to have played a small part in their journey. Our 11 strong team will showcase Derbyshire as a county that can produce athletes who can compete with the best.”
The DIS was inspired by the London Olympic Games and was launched in 2012 as Derbyshire’s legacy programme . Although Derbyshire had produced champions in the past, the aim was to create a systematic model, leaving less to chance, and giving selected athletes the best possible chance of achieving their Olympic/ Paralympic dream.