Royal Borough initiative to help 78 local athletes achieve their best as 2015/2016 awards announced
Greenwich Starting Blocks, the charity that helps support and develop young people gifted in a sporting discipline has announced it is to help fund 78 local athletes this year. The number is a record for the organisation and follows considerable Olympic and Commonwealth Games success.
Published: 12:00AM 16 April 2015
Awards this year include five ‘Ambassador’ level grants which guarantee an initial financial contribution and the commitment to two further funding grants throughout the year. Ambassadors for 2015-2016 include Olympic silver medal holder Gemma Gibbons for Judo and Tosin Oke for Triple Jump. In addition 100m sprinter David Bolarinwa, Paralympian swimmer Susie Rodgers and international class fencer Jonathan Webb also received ambassador status.
A further 29 young athletes receive a combination of financial support as well as training memberships and admission to a sports science programme to further their sporting careers with 42 receiving the training and sports science support only.
Peter Bundey Chair of Greenwich Starting Blocks said: “We exist to support athletes on their sporting journey and I’m delighted that this year we are in a position to help even more talented young people. We have seen in action what the help and support of our organisation can bring and I know these awards will lead to further success at a regional, national and international level.
I’d like to thank everyone connected with Greenwich Starting Blocks for a very successful year and we all look forward to seeing our young stars in action.”
Jonathan Webb, International Class fencer (sabre) and GSB supported competitor said: "I am very proud to have been awarded The Greenwich Starting Blocks Sporting Ambassador award and to represent my borough in this role. It is a privilege to act as a sporting ambassador and role model for the younger generation and the borough".
Since it began in 2007 a total of 414 athletes have been supported totalling over £220,000. These athletes have gone on to win 321 awards at numerous competitions in the UK and internationally.
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