Britain’s first Winter Youth Olympic medal winner gets funding from SportsAid
09 Mar 2012
This year Nottingham’s Jack Burrows became Great Britain’s first ever medal winner at a Winter Youth Olympic Games, winning the 3,000-metre speed skating team relay in Innsbruck on 21 January 2012 in 4:21.656 minutes. On Friday, March 16 he will be honoured at a fundraising lunch by SportsAid Nottingham at Trent Bridge where he will receive a £500 SportsAid Award from the charity to help him meet the ongoing cost of training and competing.
The lunch and Jack’s award are sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, Nelsons Law and PKF.
“The extra funding from SportsAid helps me to get and maintain the correct equipment in order for me to qualify for the major events and compete at the highest level,” Jack said.
Talking about his victory in Innsbruck, Jack added: “I couldn’t believe that we had actually won. It was the first Winter Youth Olympic Games and I’d won a medal! It took a while for it to sink in.
“My ultimate goal is to reach the Winter Olympics either in Russia or Korea.”
Having been supported by SportsAid since 2010, this is the third year the speed skating sensation has received a SportsAid Award. SportsAid’s representative in Nottingham, Geoff Waller, added: “We are proud to support local sports talent and it’s great when you see the impact it can have on a young athlete like Jack. We are very grateful to our sponsors Yorkshire Bank, Nelsons Law and PKF for their support.”
Tables at the SportsAid Nottingham Lunch Club on March 16 are available for £200, with all the proceeds going to SportsAid to help young local sports stars. Please contact Sarah Jamieson at Nelsons on 0115 851 1283 or Jenny Sparks at PKF on 0115 962 9206 for further information.
As SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”