Another successful year for SportsAid
In 2014, we supported 25 young athletes on the road to achieving their sporting ambitions. From Archery to Waterskiing and everything in between, our rising young stars have really given it their all this year and we’ve been delighted to hear of some of their successes.
- Long Distance runner Amy Griffiths from Enderby retained her Leicestershire & Rutland County Cross Country title and added the U20 Southern Cross Country title too. Her year was topped off by winning the very well-deserved Leicester Mercury Young Sportswoman of the Year award.
- Fifteen year-old Leicester golfer Coby Cartwright has had a fantastic year on the greens representing England at U16 level and captaining the East of England team too.
- Rio 2016 Archery hopeful Rob Gray from Worksop achieved his ambition of breaking into the senior medal tables with a county win as well as being part of Team GB in Seoul. An impressive 9th in the National Series, fellow archer David Phillips supported by Melton gained 27th place.
- Another Olympic hopeful Duston’s Judo champ Jodie Caller has also been on the podium this year gaining bronze in Spain at the Junior European Championships followed by Gold at the UK Juniors and an impressive silver at the Senior GB competition.
- Sheffield skier Molly Summerhayes has never had to look far for inspiration… sister of Olympic skier Katie Summerhayes has been following in her sibling’s footsteps and in 2014 graduated to Team GB’s Silver Passport scheme where she is aiming for PyeongChang 2018.
- Junior Wimbledon veteran Freya Christie from Hucknall in Nottingham missed out on reaching the final stages in this years’ competition but the 17 year-old finished the year by retaining her Aegon British title and making the top 100 juniors in the world.
- Para-athlete and sprinter 17 year-old Julie Rogers supported by Bedford continued to be ‘one to watch’ in 2014 improving her personal best on the 100 meters track. She is currently ranked 1st in the UK and 5th in the world.
- Fifteen year old Table Tennis star Adam Harrison from Grantham took the men’s U21 title this year as well as travelling extensively to represent his country whilst 13 year old Tom Jarvis from Skegness took the U15 national title.
In 2015, we will be extending our programme to support 50 athletes with a number of brand new names as well as some familiar faces. We’ll be confirming our 2015 athletes in March.