These talented future sporting heroes are an inspiration to us all. Their determination to work hard and remain focused so that they achieve their goals despite the challenges they may face is a life lesson we can all learn from. They have amazing resilience and mental toughness to get them through and we are delighted to be able to help them on their incredible journey as they fulfil their sporting potential.
Robert Wilson, Chairman, Nelsons
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Nelsons will be providing 20 young talented athletes with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities through its partnership with SportsAid. Each athlete will receive an annual £1,000 award which makes a vital contribution towards their training and competition costs such as travel, accommodation, equipment and kit.
"SportsAid provide me with vital funds and I’m really grateful for their help. My ambition is to represent Great Britain in the Paralympics in 2024 and beyond. It’s very much about training hard and smart, preventing injuries and performing well. I want to win gold medals at international competitions and become one of the best long jump para athletes in the world.”
Karim Chan is a T20 para long jumper who won gold at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships. He received a SportsAid award from Nelsons in 2019.
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.
Aaliyah Powell became Great Britain’s youngest senior World Championship medallist in May and her impressive achievements have seen her nominated for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award. Huddersfield’s Aaliyah, 17, won the Junior World -46kg title in 2018 and competed in front of a home crowd at the Manchester Arena to claim -53kg bronze. The taekwondo practitioner also claimed gold at the Luxembourg Open.
SportsAid is delighted to reveal the 10 athletes on the shortlist for this year’s One-to-Watch Award. The winner will be announced at the charity’s Celebrate the Next event, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, at Sea Containers House in London on Tuesday 19 November. The annual award was launched in 2006 and looks to shine a spotlight on the achievements of Britain’s brightest young sporting prospects.