BrightHouse Supports a New Generation of Athletes
Posted 19/09/2014 by BrightHouse Team
At BrightHouse we are proud to announce that we are supporting the next generation of young athletes through our partnership with SportsAid, the charity dedicated to giving young people the chance to fulfil their potential as future sporting champions.
Here you can read the profiles of our four new athletes:
Chloe Alvis - Judo
Sixteen-year-old Chloe first got started with judo after watching her brother from the side-lines, and now she spends most of her evenings training and taking part in local clubs, as well as coaching other young athletes. Chloe often spends her weekends competing or training, as well as during her school holidays.
Chloe put her SportsAid Award towards covering mat fees, as well as fuel expenses for travelling to and from training. It has also allowed her to attend important ranking competitions, so she can secure a place on the England Talent Development squad.
Last year, Chloe won bronze at the British Championships, silver at the UK School Games, and came 9th in the European Cup. Her dream is to either become a qualified coach and run her own club, or get the chance to compete in the World Championships and Olympic Games.
Grace Harvey – Swimming
Grace took up swimming at the age of four to help with leg spasms caused by her cerebral palsy, and at six was inspired by the Athens Paralympics to become a competitor herself. Grace joined her first swimming club at age nine, and now spends most of her evenings training, as well as volunteering with the Special Olympics training squad.
Grace has won many Awards during her young career, including gold in the 50m Butterfly at the National Youth Championships, and gold and silver at the DES Nationals last year. Her long-term aim is to represent Great Britain in international competitions, as well as be a role-model for other ambitious disabled, and able-bodied, athletes.
Liam Dee – Athletics
Eighteen-year-old Liam was introduced to athletics though his parents, as well as being inspired by his sporting hero, Haile Gebrselassie. His SportsAid Award from BrightHouse has allowed him to fund his travel costs, which is often the biggest expense for young athletes frequently attending training sessions and competitions around the country. It’s also helped him pay for his training and running kits.
Liam has already competed for Great Britain at the World Youth Championships in 2013, and won gold at the European Champion Clubs Cup Juniors, and silver at SIAB Home International Track & Field. He hopes to one day compete at the Senior World Championships, and make the team for Olympic Games.
Roy Ejiakuekwu – Sprint
Nineteen-year-old Roy began his athletics career when he was in primary school, signing on with his local club at aged eleven, the same club that he still runs for today, The Sale Harriers. Currently studying at university, Roy had put his SportsAid Award from BrightHouse towards paying for clothing and footwear, allowing him to train in all weathers, as well as covering travel expenses.
Last year Roy came second in 3A’s Championship, and achieved first place at the Northern Championship, and was selected for this year’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Roy’s target for this year is to be ranked in the top five for both the 100 and 200 metres for the under 20 category, as well as compete at Diamond League meetings and the British athletics Grand Prix. The ultimate goal is then the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
We wish all four of them the best of luck in their sporting ambitions, and look forward to seeing them grow in their careers.