ATHLETE GETS CASH LIFELINE
Athlete hopes to erase disappointment of London Games
NIGEL Levine hopes fresh funding will help him go for glory at his second Olympic Games and this summer’s World Championships.
Sixty-nine talented young Hillingdon athletes are set to benefit from a new £41,050 award pot from a GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) cash injection.
Levine, who attended Brunel University in Uxbridge, is one of the group to receive the cash boost ahead of August’s World Championships in Beijing and next year’s showpiece in Rio.
He missed out on the 400m final at London 2012 and was dropped from Team GB’s 4x400 men’s relay quartet for the final, despite helping them book their place in the showdown.
Levine already has plans for the money and will put it to good use as he ramps up preparations and looks to better that semi-final disappointment of three years ago.
“My aim will be to make the World Championship finals in Beijing and also the Olympic games in Rio next year,” explained the GSF and Hillingdon ambassador athlete.
“This award backing will go towards living costs in London and warm weather camps to get ready for the trials for these competitions.”
The supported athletes represent sports across Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sporting disciplines.
Most of the funding is designed to help young developing talent and 64 per cent of awards are to athletes aged under 21.
These are difficult times for young athletes, when funding is not easily available and the costs of competition and training are high.
Indeed, 86 per cent of GSF award recipients receive no other sport funding.
Another GSF supported cyclist, Anna Marie Hughes, 17, from Hillingdon, has clear aims and the foundation is supporting her.
“My aspirations are to reach the best of my potential, progressing up the British Cycling programmes and to represent Great Britain in events such as the Olympics,” she said.
“I also want to become a professional rider.
“The support I receive will help towards my goals, used for both training and events, in terms of financial and/or access to facilities and services.”
Supported athletes receive award packages that include financial grants of up to £1,250, which are used to fund competition expenses and sporting costs.
They also gain access to sports science, performance sport and employment opportunities all focussed towards supporting their athlete journey.
n BIG PLANS: Nigel Levine in action at the 2012 London Olympics