Royal Bank of Canada works with SportsAid to support 50 of the UK's brightest sporting prospects every year. The partnership began in 2014 when Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu met some of the first young athletes to benefit from the support.
Christine spoke of her excitement for their future in the wake of London 2012.
“It’s a really exciting time for British sport,” Christine said. “London 2012 set a high standard in terms of performance and medal count which means the next generation, who saw how well British athletes performed there, have got a really strong benchmark to base their preparations on and that this can only help to improve results in future.”
One of those hoping to build on this platform is fellow 400m runner Cheriece Hylton, who won a silver medal at the 2014 world junior championships in Oregon. She says Christine is a huge inspiration for her because she is “such a team player” and a “humble, hard-working athlete”.
Like Cheriece, Christine received support from SportsAid when she was younger. "As a young person trying to do your sport you really can’t put into words what it is like to have someone step in and say ‘I really do believe in what you’re doing and believe that you can go the distance’," she explains.
"So it’s something I’m proud to be part of and I’m proud to be here today, to meet these athletes and to share that part of their journey with them.”
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Paralympic heroes Ellie Simmonds, Pam Relph and Toby Gold reflected on the importance of the support they received from SportsAid during the early stages of their careers as they met young athletes currently being helped by the charity at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) offices in London.
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) held a celebratory gathering at its head offices in London on the evening of 20 October to recognise the efforts of the young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls it supports through SportsAid.