SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers.
Great Britain’s future Olympians and Paralympians are travelling nearly 1,500 miles every month to train and compete, according to SportsAid’s annual athlete survey. The survey highlights the dedication shown by the next generation of athletes as they pursue their sporting ambitions.
Financial barriers pose the main challenge for SportsAid athletes. They receive no funding, other than that from the charity, which means they rely heavily on their parents to cover their training and competition costs. One-off and regular donations can make a real difference.
Having claimed silver and bronze in his two Olympic appearances to date, Walthamstow’s Lutalo Muhammad admits he is already dreaming of completing the set with gold in Tokyo next summer. The 28-year-old taekwondo star - who previously received SportsAid support and finished third at London 2012 and second at Rio 2016 - has suffered with a string of injuries in recent times that cost him a place at this year’s World Championships.
Five-time Olympic medallist Dame Katherine Grainger believes she has been given a glimpse into the future of British sporting success after presenting SportsAid’s annual One-to-Watch Award. The 44-year-old former rower, who is now the Chair of UK Sport, attended the charity’s Celebrate the Next event, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, last week (19 November) as she met the top 10 shortlisted athletes at Sea Containers House.
Para swimming sensation Ellie Challis, 15, from Little Clacton in Essex, was named as the winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award at the charity’s Celebrate the Next event, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, yesterday evening (19 November). She was presented with the award, previously won by the likes of Tom Daley and Hollie Arnold, by Dame Katherine Grainger after an outstanding year of achievements.
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 PeatySportsAid alumnus
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