We are helping the country’s most talented young athletes to fulfil their potential with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities. They are local heroes, living on your doorstep, with inspirational stories of dedication, commitment and sacrifice!
The athletes we support will spend over £7,000 each year in meeting the costs of their sport with their family. Without the charity's backing, many of these young prospects would face a tough decision on whether to continue training and competing. You can help them on their journey!
So what’s it like being a SportsAid athlete? #MyMiles With is a series aimed at giving YOU an insight into the lives of the next generation of British sporting heroes, and encouraging you to keep them company by taking part in the #MyMiles Challenge during SportsAid Week. This time it’s the turn of Mia Pachanksy, a member of the GB Taekwondo Academy, to take you into her world.
Three-time Olympic medallist Roger Black had to learn to deal with high-pressure scenarios at a young age after he was catapulted onto the senior stage in a flash. His rise to prominence came after winning gold in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the Cottbus 1985 European Junior Championships. And Roger’s incredible talent was seen on an even larger scale as he claimed double gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
Ama Agbeze has been there, done it and got the gold medal when it comes to the Commonwealth Games….and now she is helping to prepare potential Team England stars of the future. The 39-year-old captained her country to their first-ever Commonwealth gold in netball back in 2018, and she is currently helping her hometown of Birmingham get ready for the 2022 Games as part of the Organising Committee.
With the help of SportsAid, I did my thing. I didn’t come from a wealthy family, and there were times when I thought ‘I need a job’ but I stuck to my swimming. Thankfully it did pay off. It's about gambling and making sacrifices. I put a high risk in myself and invested the time in what was going to make the difference to my swimming.
Adam PeatyOlympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist