SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers.
Great Britain’s future Olympians and Paralympians are travelling nearly 1,500 miles every month to train and compete, according to SportsAid’s annual athlete survey. The survey highlights the dedication shown by the next generation of athletes as they pursue their sporting ambitions.
Financial barriers pose the main challenge for SportsAid athletes. They receive no funding, other than that from the charity, which means they rely heavily on their parents to cover their training and competition costs. One-off and regular donations can make a real difference.
Para swimming prodigy Ellie Challis announced herself on the international stage as she claimed bronze in the S3 50m backstroke at the IPC World Para Swimming Championships. The 15-year-old, who is supported by the Backing The Best programme, competed in a range of classifications - finishing fifth in the SB3 50m breaststroke, eighth in the SM4 150m individual medley and 10th in the SM5 50m butterfly.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the ‘often unrivalled dedication’ shown by talented young athletes and their families in a message celebrating this year’s SportsAid Week. In the message, The Duchess also highlighted ‘the supporters and partners of SportsAid’ for the role they have played in ensuring the athletes can pursue their ambitions. The Duchess became the Patron of SportsAid in 2013.
Great Britain’s future Olympians and Paralympians are travelling nearly 1,500 miles every single month to train and compete according to SportsAid’s annual athlete survey. The survey, delivered by Nunki Solutions, a leading partner of the charity, aims to highlight the commitment and dedication shown by the next generation of athletes - and their families - as they look to pursue their sporting ambitions.
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 PeatySportsAid alumnus
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