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!
Paul Nihill MBE, who sadly died in December, wasn’t short of legacies through his record-breaking and inspirational life. As the first British male track and field athlete to compete in four Olympic Games, Paul’s reputation as one of the all-time athletics greats was never mislaid. Determination and drive carried him a long way but, with an Olympic silver medal from Tokyo 1964 in his collection, the race-walker certainly had talent to go alongside ambition.
Cassie-Ann Pemberton has been busy building up her modelling portfolio during lockdown - but it's the young Birmingham sprinter's performances on the track which have garnered most of the attention in her short career so far. The 19-year-old - who works part-time for London-based agency W Model Management - stumbled across her talent for running aged 12, having attended an after-school athletics club.
The SportsAid Vault Podcast, produced by Hogarth Worldwide and Gramercy Park Studios, is here to bring you insight and inspiration from the country’s most talented young athletes! Each month, a special guest will open up their own ‘personal vault’ as they reveal the secrets to their success and how their age-group level achievements led to them making their mark in the senior ranks.
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