When Paul Zetter became one of SportsAid’s founding fathers ahead of the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, he could not have imagined the impact it would go on to have. Launched as part of a plan involving Denis Howell, the UK’s first Sports Minister, the Sports Aid Foundation was created to provide appropriate funding to allow the country's top athletes to compete against usually better-resourced overseas rivals.
Representing your country is often said to be the greatest honour bestowed upon an athlete. But how do you reach that point? And what does it take to make the jump from competing at junior level to the senior stage? Our new feature series, entitled ‘From Junior to Senior’, sees a member of our alumni reflect on this journey! This time in the hotseat is Kristian Thomas - an Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth Games medallist.