We're off the starting line for SportsAid 2015!

We’re proud to be supporting 50 of our brightest stars on the road to sporting success through the charity SportsAid.

This is our third year of supporting the charity and this year’s athletes were announced at a launch event at Nottingham Forest’s City ground. Covering 25 sports from Archery to Waterskiing, the athletes are some of our brightest hopes for future Olympics and Paralympics and many are already competing for their country. 

The event was attended by two of this year’s athletes, 18 year old judo star Jodie Caller the current U21 UK gold medallist and 25 year old Dave Butler part of the newly-promoted Team GB goalball team that hold the current European gold medal. Both gave a demo of their sports as well as answering questions from representatives from across the business and hearing about last year’s branch fundraising activity. 

Dave said ‘It was fantastic to meet all the team from The Nottingham and Harrison Murray today. The support and fundraising they can give will be invaluable over the next year and really looking forward to working with them.’

This years’ athletes are;

Aiming high are archers Robert Gray and Elizabeth Warner.

On the track we’ll be cheering on athletes Alicia Barett, Ella Barett, James McMurray, Jamie Dee, Emma Achurch, Zac Shaw, Julie Rogers, Panagiotis Mamuneas and Nikita Campbell Smith and triathletes Caitlin Roper, Olivia Mathias, Mark Conway and James Teagle. 

We’ll also be supporting badminton and tennis players Grace King, Hope Warner, James Shaw, Freya Christie and Indianna Spink and table tennis players Sam Mabey, Thomas Jarvis, Samuel Walker; Lacrosse players Sophie Carter and Nancy Day, fencer Amber Moss and cricketer Georgie Boyce. 

In and on the water you can expect to see canoers Charlie Smith and Jonathan Atkinson and rowers Anna Thornton, David Bewicke-Copley, Rowan Law and Oliver Dix; Waterpolo player Lucy Rogers and water-skier Jack Critchley; swimmers Hayley Milne and Anna Falkus and diver Sarah Leach. 

And on the ice and snow… skaters Holly Hoyland, Jacob Porter, Ben Roberts and snowboarder Will Gilmore. 

On the courts and the greens we’ll be getting behind basketball player Henri Langton, goalball player Dave Butler, volleyball player Sarah Edwards and golfers Charlie Daughtrey and BillieJo Smith. 

And finally, martial artists Cameron Booth (taekwando) and Jodie Caller and Isaac Gagin (judo). 

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