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!
Ross Davidson says combining wheelchair basketball, DJing and weightlifting with a dollop of entrepreneurial dash is the perfect recipe to propel him to the Commonwealth Games. Ross, 27, is one of Northern Ireland’s brightest wheelchair basketball talents and is currently living in the Steel City where he plays for the Sheffield Steelers. Lockdown brought about a drastic change in his schedule but versatile Ross has continued to put in the hard yards.
Felix Kwok is swapping boardrooms for boats and hopes securing a scholarship at Harvard can propel him to success both on and off the water. Hampstead’s Felix, 18, is the first-team rowing captain at St Paul’s School and also previously scooped men’s eight junior gold for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Italy. And his rowing brawn is also supplemented by no shortage of brainpower with Felix studying for his A-Levels in and starting up a new business venture.
Colchester speedster Charlie Dobson admits sending a home crowd into raptures at Birmingham 2022 would surpass even his wildest sprinting dreams. Charlie, who honed his 400m and 200m craft at Colchester Harriers and is now studying at Loughborough University, is one of Great Britain’s hottest young stars of the track. He’s currently eyeing up a place in Team GB’s 4x400m team for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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