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.
Winning titles and breaking records have been commonplace for Bishopbriggs swimmer Katie Shanahan – and her remarkable 2019 isn’t over just yet. Katie, 15, was Team GB’s most decorated athlete at the Baku 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival in July, winning half of Britain’s gold medals single-handedly as she claimed a hat-trick of titles in the pool. The City of Glasgow swimmer added three silvers to complete a six-medal haul.
Retaining his world junior long jump title was the culmination of starting afresh for Coalville para-athlete Karim Chan, who is among the nominees for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award. Karim, 19, had a stagnant period of 18 months where he was unable to improve on his personal best. A new approach to training and working with John Shepherd, a former international long jumper, helped rebuild Karim’s confidence.
After having his best year to date in the boxing ring, Chatham’s Enriko Itauma has another potential honour on the horizon. The 14-year-old triumphed at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships beating Armenia’s Hovahnnes Papazyan in the +80kg final. Despite it being his first year in the junior ranks, Enriko won gold with a unanimous points decision and extended his undefeated record to 11 bouts.
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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