Ris­ing star of sport urges others to ap­ply for back­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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On the up: Kyle Kothari

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