Irish short track speed skater Sean McAnuff has been awarded an International Skating Union (ISU) Development Programme Junior Scholarship.
The scholarship is given to young skaters of outstanding talent from developing members federations. Athletes are deemed eligible to be considered for the scholarship based on their participation and results at the most recent Junior World Championships. Individual skaters are awarded scholarships worth US$6,000. The number of scholarships awarded each year is limited.
McAnuff has recently moved to the Netherlands with his brother Ryan to train under Dutch coach and former Olympian Dave Versteeg for the upcoming season.
"I am very happy to have been chosen to receive this scholarship," McAnuff said. "Training facilities in the Netherlands are first class and the scholarship will help me enormously with training camp and competition travel expenses.
"The scholarship is also very motivating for me to continue pursuing my skating dreams and to develop the sport further in Ireland," McAnuff added.
This is the first time an Irish skater has been awarded an ISU Junior Scholarship.