Sixteen young athletes will get SportsAid Cymru Wales funding this year
SportsAid Cymru Wales have today confirmed that 16 Welsh Athletes will receive funding in 2018/19 to support their training and development. Those receiving funding include Bethany Moule (John Davies, Neath), who recently broke the Welsh Junior Javelin record, :
"The funding I have received from SportsAid will help massively for this up coming season when I hope to qualify for the European youth championships in Hungary this July and also to further my welsh record to beyond 55m. It will be extremely beneficial for equipment costs and travelling to further afield competitions. I am very proud to be supported by Sports aid as it has helped so champions in the past."
"I'm so proud of Bethany and all she's acheived so far, she works so hard, and getting this support is a great reward for all her efforts. We're so grateful to Sports Aid, and to Welsh Athletics for nominating her." her mum, Amanda, added.
Scott Simpson, Head of Coaching and Performance, said; "This funding is invaluable for our up and coming athletes; the contributions they receive from SportsAid really assist in facilitating their sporting endeavours, alongside their often busy academic lives. We're delighted that more athletes than ever have met the criteria set for receiving support, indicating that our development programmes are having a positive impact, and we're very grateful to SportsAid Cyrmu for their continued support."
This is what SportsAid Cymru Wales say about why their funding is so important:
"Exceptional performance in sport calls for many personal sacrifices by those involved. We all take pride in the achievements of our Welsh sporting representatives and it is hugely disappointing when talented youngsters have to drop out because of the financial burden on them or, very often, their parents.
When our star performers progress to the international stage they may well be able to take advantage of elite-level sporting sponsorships and support schemes. But at the beginning of their careers it is only SportsAid Cymru Wales that offers a helping hand that could make all the difference. That is why the backing of our community is so important."
The full list of athletes being supported this year is as follows:
- Sarah Omoregie Cardiff
- Kristian Jones Vale of Glamorgan
- Cari Hughes Ynys Mon
- Joseph Brier Neath
- Bethan Rees Stafford
- Jeremiah Kennedy-Azu Cardiff
- Jay Morse Vale of Glamorgan
- Kiara Frizelle Cardiff
- Tom Hewson Hampshire
- Bethan Burley Dorset
- Osaze Aghedo Swansea
- Naomi Reid Pontyclun
- Lauren Evans Cardiff
- Oliver Barbatesi Bangor
- Bethany Moule Skewen
- Lauren Williams Caersws