Male baton twirler can go to championship

Baton  24/03/11  (SB)''Neil Bone from Gosport who is a world champion baton twirler.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111077-4)
Baton 24/03/11 (SB)''Neil Bone from Gosport who is a world champion baton twirler.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111077-4)
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GOLD medalist baton twirler Neil Bone will take part in a major competition after receiving sponsorship from a generous reader of The News.

The 37-year-old’s hopes of attending this year’s European championships in Turin, Italy, were in jeopardy unless he could find the £400 needed for the trip.

Neil had recently quit his job to spend more time with his mother after his father died last year.

Mick Reeve, the managing director of Fareport Training, in Gosport, has now come forward and given Neil the money he needs to get to Turin in July.

He said: ‘I recognised Neil from the story because he used to train at Fareport some years ago. It’s always nice to see what the people who used to come and train with us are doing now. And I’m even more pleased to be able to help him out in any way I can.’

Neil took part in a youth training scheme at Fareport 22 years ago.

‘It was amazing to hear from Mick,’ said Neil, of Weevil Lane, Gosport.

‘I don’t think there are any words to say how grateful I am to him for coming forward and offering to help me get to the championships.

‘I’m looking forward to the championships so much.

‘I broke my nose recently at another event and two people on our team have had some problems – one had to have an operation and another broke her arm.

‘But I’m still positive and I think we will do really well.’