We are delighted to support SportsAid who have such an excellent track record in fostering the best of British sporting talent. Identifying and supporting talent is key, whether in sport or business and we are looking forward to watching the progress of these budding athletes over the next few years and hope that we will make a contribution to the sporting stars of the future.
Tim Gregory, President, CGI
CGI is a global business with 74,000 professionals in hundreds of locations across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe who provide end-to-end IT and business process services that facilitate the ongoing evolution of its clients’ businesses. CGI's aspiration is very simple: to be the best at what they do and help their clients to succeed.
CGI fosters local accountability for client success whilst bringing its global strength and onshore, nearshore and offshore delivery capabilities to deliver the right blend of solutions for clients. CGI has around 6,000 members across the UK who bring specific industry knowledge with a broad range of client experience in order to be a true local partner.
CGI, with over 40 years of experience and continued business growth, offers financial strength and rigour to support a number of the UK’s biggest and best brands across the commercial and public sectors. CGI's teams have experience in delivering award winning programmes in many different areas including government, health, space, defence and national security.
CGI provides young British athletes with financial support and recognition through its partnership with SportsAid. Each athlete receives an annual £1,000 award which contributes towards costs such as travel, accommodation and equipment. This year, CGI is helping 11 up-and-coming sports stars across nine disabled and non-disabled disciplines.
CGI operates a buddy scheme which sees its employees offer mentoring to the athletes outside of their usual support network. The CGI buddy acts as the dedicated point of contact and is responsible for staying in touch and following their progress in order to keep their fellow employees informed of their sporting achievements.
Since the partnership began in 2015, CGI has enjoyed a number of success stories including long jumper Naomi Ogbeta - a European Junior Championships bronze medallist. Weightlifter Catrin Jones and triathlete Erin Wallace, who represented Team Wales and Team Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games respectively, are both among the current cohort.
“SportsAid has helped me massively during my triathlon career. The awards have allowed me to upgrade my bike and get new wheels which are a huge part of the aerodynamics of cycling. They have also been used to pay for entry fees and travel so that I have been able to gain crucial race experience as a junior overseas before I make the step to the senior ranks."
Matt Willis is a triathlete who won gold at the World Junior Duathlon Championships in 2018. He received a SportsAid award from CGI during the same year.
SportsAid athletes had huge success at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with 139 medals – 40 gold, 54 silver and 45 bronze - won across 18 sports. The charity’s recipients contributed to 61% of the podium finishes delivered by the Home Nations during 11 days of world-class action. Swimming saw the best return for SportsAid athletes with 25 medals celebrated at the Optus Aquatic Centre.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games get underway today (4 April) with SportsAid recipients set to represent England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey. A total of 397 athletes who have received backing from the charity, including 31 current awardees, will be looking to bring home medals for their respective nations and territories as many of them compete at their first ever major championships.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are fast approaching with hundreds of SportsAid athletes bidding to bring medals home. The Games will provide emerging talent with the chance to announce themselves on the international stage as they compete alongside well-established athletes from across the Commonwealth. Erin Wallace, Molly Kingsbury and Rhys Jones are just three of those hopefuls raring to go.