Mayor of London backs inspirational young talent across the city with SportsAid

The Mayor of London launched a new partnership with SportsAid at City Hall today (30 May) which will provide financial support to talented young sports stars from across the capital. 62 up-and-coming athletes, covering all the London boroughs, are receiving £1,000 awards to help them with their training and competition costs as they bid to become the country’s next generation of sporting heroes.
30 May, 2018

The Mayor of London launched a new partnership with SportsAid at City Hall today (30 May) which will provide financial support to talented young sports stars from across the capital. 62 up-and-coming athletes, covering all the London boroughs, are receiving £1,000 awards to help them with their training and competition costs as they bid to become the country’s next generation of sporting heroes.

The partnership belongs within the ‘Performance Pathways’ strand of Sport Unites, the Mayor’s flagship community sports programme, and will contribute to the wider ambition of making London the sporting capital of the world. The awards, distributed through SportsAid, will see athletes recognise their position as role models to others, and how their stories may help to increase community pride and engagement through inspiring people to take part in sport and physical activity.

The awardees come from 29 sports including six para disciplines. Each year, SportsAid helps over 1,000 young athletes – the vast majority aged 12 to 18 – who are nominated to the charity by the national governing bodies of sport. This is often the first recognition an athlete receives from outside their support network and acts as a motivational boost. Most of them receive no funding, other than that from SportsAid, which means they rely heavily on their parents.

“This initiative with SportsAid will encourage and support a group of exceptionally talented young sports people from across London to reach their personal best and perhaps inspire others in the process,” said Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, as he addressed guests at City Hall. “We’re looking forward to getting to know more about London’s next generation of sporting talent.”

Since 1976, SportsAid has supported tens of thousands of athletes during the early stages of their careers, with Sir Mo Farah, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Sir Steve Redgrave among its alumni, and more recent beneficiaries such as Laura Trott CBE, Lutalo Muhammad and Ellie Simmonds OBE. 408 previous recipients of SportsAid support competed at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics where they helped return 150 medals for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

“We’re so pleased to be entering into this partnership with the Mayor of London,” said Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s Chief Executive. “It is such an interesting time for sport as people are increasingly recognising its power to inspire and change lives, to excite and to motivate, bringing them together in pride and common cause. The talented young sports people from across London that SportsAid will support through this partnership encapsulate these strengths.”

Here is the list of Mayor of London SportsAid Award recipients for 2018....

Fayokemi Abidekun, Barking and Dagenham (Judo)
Alice Campbell, Barking and Dagenham (Fencing)
Charlotte Ellmore, Barking and Dagenham (Basketball)
Charlotte Hyde, Barking and Dagenham (Para swimming)
Laura Hirai, Barnet (Softball)
Danny Sidbury, Barnet (Para athletics)
Jack Oliphant, Bexley (Boxing)
Holly Page, Bexley (Athletics)
Harry Bird, Brent (Fencing)
Jude Bright Davies, Brent (Athletics)
Amelia Connolly, Bromley (Diving)
Isabella Hilditch, Bromley (Athletics)
Evie Smith, Bromley (Diving)
Graydon Koyanagi. Camden (Baseball)
Oliver Lam-Watson, City of London (Wheelchair fencing)
Ricky Lutakome, Croydon (Athletics)
Ryan Raghoo, Croydon (Para athletics)
Jordan Cordice, Ealing (Rugby union)
Louise Hogan, Enfield (Disability football)
Denise Payet, Enfield (Table tennis)
Nick Stewart, Enfield (Athletics)
Claudimira Landim, Hackney (Athletics)
Jahrel Murphy, Hammersmith and Fulham (Swimming)
Mayela Bassega, Haringey (Tennis)
Lhathini Pushpalingham, Harrow (Disability football)
Said Saraj, Harrow (Boccia)
Kamal Minott, Havering (Fencing)
Jack Stockdale, Havering (Para table tennis)
Ryan Burt, Hillingdon (Judo)
Katie Wolfe, Hillingdon (Cricket)
Louisa Scott, Hounslow (Softball)
Rhianna Southby, Hounslow (Cricket)
Rose Bhanji, Islington (Softball)
Stefano Cataldi, Lambeth (Weightlifting)
Adam Buckle, Lewisham (Hockey)
Freya Peters, Merton (Canoeing)
Jordan Andrew, Newham (Para athletics)
Oluwademilade Dada, Newham (Basketball)
Tinu Fakunle, Newham (Basketball)
Mercedes Jacdonmi, Newham (Para athletics)
Ismail Hussain, Redbridge (Taekwondo)
Oscar Kelly, Redbridge (Para triathlon)
Noah Goalen, Richmond upon Thames (Volleyball)
Roxanna Parker, Richmond upon Thames (Gymnastics)
Damilare Adedeji, Southwark (Basketball)
Isimeneme Ozzy Momondu, Southwark (Basketball)
Benahili Ozzy Momondu, Southwark (Basketball)
Bryony Smith, Sutton (Cricket)
Ross Dixon, Tower Hamlets (Canoeing)
Phoebe Griffiths, Waltham Forest (Swimming)
Tiya Scott-Preston, Waltham Forest (Netball)
Georgia Forbes, Wandsworth (Gymnastics)
Mohammed Nour, Wandsworth (Taekwondo)
George Dickinson, Westminster (Rowing)
Zachary Omoshebi, Camden (Volleyball)
Sophia Dunkley, City of London (Cricket)
Vera Chinedu, Royal Greenwich (Athletics)
Avery Louis, Royal Kensington and Chelsea (Fencing)
Souleyman Bah, Royal Kingston upon Thames (Para athletics)
Madeleine Harris, Royal Kingston upon Thames (Para swimming)
Lexi Lloyd-Smith, Southwark (Football)
Ali Ahmed, Wandsworth (Volleyball)