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!
Young cycling prodigy Nathan Hardy didn’t have to look far to fuel his dream of becoming a future Olympics and World Championships superstar. Counting two-time Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton as one of his neighbours, it didn’t take the 15-year-old long to take to two wheels and start to make waves on the cycling scene. The Welwyn Wheelers rider is now focused on making the most of his potential in a sport he says he loves.
Already making waves on the national canoeing scene, Brookmans Park’s Ben Clayton-Harris hopes he can force a change in the sport’s way of thinking by soaring to sprinting success. The 17-year-old first picked up a paddle following a visit from British Canoeing at his school, and having initially been turned away after a slalom test day at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for being too big, decided to try his hand at sprinting.
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 China-Marie Kill, 18, from Reigate in Surrey.
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