We are helping the country’s most talented young athletes to fulfil their potential with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities. They are local heroes, living on your doorstep, with inspirational stories of dedication, commitment and sacrifice!
The athletes we support will spend over £7,000 each year in meeting the costs of their sport with their family. Without the charity's backing, many of these young prospects would face a tough decision on whether to continue training and competing. You can help them on their journey!
Michael Phelps banishing his London 2012 demons in Rio is fuelling George Barber’s Olympic dream. Humberston star George has vivid memories of watching 28-time Olympic medallist Phelps get pipped to the 200m butterfly title by Chad le Clos nine years ago. But the most decorated Olympian of all-time bounced back in style in Rio to reclaim his crown. George, who specialises in the 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle, harbours his own Olympic aspirations.
Olympic obsessive Lily Abbott hopes endless hours spent analysing rowing clips on YouTube can steer her to the Games herself. The Teddington talent currently trains at Tideway Scullers School and secured a seat in the Great British boat at the prestigious Coupe de la Jeunesse in Italy before lockdown. Lily attended Kingston Grammar School and is making the most of a gap year before embarking on an American odyssey at Duke University in August this year.
Nekoda Smythe-Davis is drawing on her own experiences as an athlete to inspire the next generation of stars. Nekoda was a recipient of SportsAid funding as she was making her way in the judo world, meeting HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as a teenager during her ascent towards becoming the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games champion. World Championship medals soon followed as she returned with bronze in 2017 and silver in 2018.
With the help of SportsAid, I did my thing. I didn’t come from a wealthy family, and there were times when I thought ‘I need a job’ but I stuck to my swimming. Thankfully it did pay off. It's about gambling and making sacrifices. I put a high risk in myself and invested the time in what was going to make the difference to my swimming.
Adam PeatyOlympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist