RBC Wealth Management, part of Royal Bank of Canada, today announced a new partnership with SportsAid, the national charity which helps young, talented athletes to achieve their ambitions.
Twenty-one athletes from the UK and Jersey, all aged between 11 and 19 and specialising in sports including athletics, boxing, cycling, skiing, swimming and tennis will each receive a £1,000 SportsAid Award from RBC Wealth Management this year. The funding will help these dedicated young athletes to fulfill their potential by helping them with essential training costs, travel and competition expenses. Among them are some of Britain's brightest hopes for future Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world championship success, including Sochi winter Paralympian James Whitley, 16 from Polegate, and junior European champion gymnast Keri Rothwell Douglas, 18 from London.
"This will make a significant contribution to my equipment and travel costs," said James Whitley, who recently returned from the Paralympics in Russia.
"This SportsAid Award from RBC Wealth Management will benefit me and my family greatly," added Keri Rothwell Douglas. "Both my mum and dad dedicate a lot of their money to support my training and the recognition makes it all worth it."
Previous beneficiaries of SportsAid include Mo Farah CBE, Dame Sarah Storey, Sir Chris Hoy, Ellie Simmonds OBE, Sir Bradley Wiggins, David Weir CBE, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE and many other successful sportsmen and women. The charity's patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid said, "This will make an enormous difference to these athletes who are without doubt some of the nation's brightest prospects. The cost of their sport is a daily challenge so the support of RBC Wealth Management will be a massive boost. This is an exciting new partnership for SportsAid and it will make an instant impact."
Philip Harris, Head of Private Clients, UK, RBC Wealth Management, commented, "Royal Bank of Canada has taken an active interest in developing young athletes for over six decades, and is the longest-standing corporate supporter of Canada's Olympic Team. It is hard to grasp the dedication and sacrifice of these incredible individuals, often from a very early age, in their quest to become international champions.
"We are very pleased to be supporting the aims of SportsAid, which has such an excellent track record in fostering the best of British sporting talent. It will be thrilling to follow the progress of these budding athletes."
RBC Wealth Management contacts
Call Timi Oni on 0207 653 4516 or Paul French on 020 7002 2013.
SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind, proudly supporting young British sportsmen and women who aspire to be our next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions. Its patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. Typically aged 12 to 18, SportsAid athletes typically train for more than 15 hours a week before and after school, travel more than 1,000 miles a month and spend more than £6,000 a year on their sport. Without SportsAid many could not continue and their sports could not replace the funding the charity provides. The impact on British sport is huge: at London 2012 20 of Team GB's 29 Olympic gold medals and 27 of ParalympicsGB's 34 gold medals were won by athletes previously supported by SportsAid.
The 21 athletes who will benefit from today's announcement are:
- English schools champion sprinter Cheriece Hylton, 17 from Greenford in Middlesex
- British no. 2 under-20 800m runner Richard Charles, 19 from London
- Optimist world sailing championship bronze medallist Robbie King, 14 from London
- Four-time winner of the London Mini-Marathon and course record holder, wheelchair racer Sheikh Sheikh, 18 from London
- British no. 2 under-20 800m runner Katie Snowden, 20 from London
- Two-time national mountain bike champion Emily Wadsworth, 14 from Drayton in Oxfordshire
- Junior European acrobatic gymnastics champion Keri Rothwell Douglas, 18 from London
- British cadet judo champion Olivia Piechota, 15 from London
- Schools Head of the River Race champion rower Johanna Gannon, 16 from Esher in Surrey
- British 200m individual medley age-group champion Erin Nabney, 16 from Pinner in Middlesex
- National youth and junior champion swimmer Zara Mullooly, 11 from Woking in Surrey
- Former national junior track cycling champion Jack Plumley, 16 from Hertford
- Europe's no. 1 under-16 golfer Marco Penge, 17 from Horsham in West Sussex
- ParalympicsGB skier James Whitley, 16 from Polegate in East Sussex
- World no. 1 junior shotgun shooter Daniel Tarrant, 18 from Pulborough in West Sussex
- England under-18 hockey captain James Albery, 18 from Ware in Hertfordshire
- England under-18 rugby player George Edgson, 18 from Weybridge in Surrey
- European under-12 tennis champion Jack Draper, 12 from Cobham in Surrey
- British no. 1 under-20 discus thrower Shadine Duquemin, 19 from Jersey
- British no. 1 under-17 400m hurdler Stanley Livingston from St. Savoir
- ABA junior boxing champion Viddal Riley, 16 from London
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