Rising star of sport urges others to apply for backing
AMERSHAM diving sensaton Kyle Kothari is urging potential stars in the Chiltern region to make the most of a funding offer from UK Sport.
Through the charitable social enterprise GLL, UK Sport will invest £5 million in Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic sports between now and the Tokyo 2020 cycle, supporting the next generation of athletes.
Applications for the programme open on Tuesday and will remain open until February 20.
Last year, the GLL Sport Foundation supported 42 Chiltern athletes, including junior GB diver Kothari.
He said: “The support the award provides allows me to train more frequently, as training and travel are the main costs for me. The support helps subsidise these and knowing I am supported by the foundation helps to motivate me.
“In my relatively short four years of diving I have reached third in the world for my age, and I hope this rate of progression continues up until the 2020 Olympics with the help of the foundation.”
Kothari, a former pupil at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, has made rapid progress since winning a gold and silver at the 2012 ASA National Age Group Championships. A pair of medals at the 2013 British Elite Junior Championships was followed by selection to the ASA England Programmes team for the 2013 Trofeo Niccolò Campo, where Kothari won silver in his age group. Progress followed in 2014 as Kothari finished fourth at the National Cup, won silver at the British Championships, gold at the European Junior Championships, then bronze at the World Junior Championships. A shoulder injury disrupted his progress last year.
Athletes wanting to apply for support from the foundation can visit gllsportfoundation.org.
On the up: Kyle Kothari