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!
SportsAid is aiming to shine a spotlight on the next generation of household names across Great Britain….your local heroes! Our blog series, entitled ‘Inside My World’, will look to offer you an insight into the lives of the country’s most talented young athletes while also offering them the platform to express themselves to a wider audience. This time....it's Annabel Denton, 17, from Plymouth in Devon.
Tashvi Parab will never forget her family’s trip to the Yonex All England Open back in March 2015. The 15-year-old, from Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, grew up as an avid tennis player but embarked on a visit to Birmingham five years ago that would change her life forever. Taken by her dad, Prashant, a 10-year-old Tashvi watched the likes of Saina Nehwal, Tai Tzu-ying and Carolina Marin sparkle under the Arena Birmingham lights.
Sameenah Toussaint (photo credit - Andy Chubb) used to dread Thursday nights - but a desire to roll with the punches saw her graduate from the school of hard knocks with flying colours. The 17-year-old, from Harrow, had a torrid time when she first started boxing. It’s been over five years since she first set foot in Northolt Amateur Boxing Club, strapping on gloves for the first time to duel it out with the boys once a week.
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