Rugby man Elmer takes over as the Sport­sAid chair­man

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Phil Elmer, the for­mer chair­man of Pe­ter­bor­ough Rugby Club and Past Pres­i­dent of East Mid­lands Rugby Union, has landed a new role as chair­man of the Pe­ter­bor­ough Sport­sAid Foun­da­tion.

Elmer takes over from Iain Crighton, who was a warded an MBE for his ser­vices to sport in the re­cent Queen’s birth­day hon­ours list.

Crighton said: “I wish Phil all the very best as he steps up from vice-chair­man to take the helm. I have many happy mem­o­ries of help­ing young, lo­cal ath­letes to achieve their sport­ing dreams.”

The Pe­ter­bor­ough Sport­sAid Foun­da­tion was formed in 2004 fo­cus­ing on giv­ing awards to tal­ented young­sters aged be­tween 12 and 18 and dis­abled ath­letes of all ages to help with costs such as travel, train­ing, ac­com­mo­da­tion, com­pe­ti­tion fees and equip­ment.

Since 2004 Pe­ter­bor­ough Sport­sAid Foun­da­tion has awarded grants in ex­cess of £100,000 to over 200 young sports men and women in the Pe­ter­bor­ough area in over 30 dif­fer­ent sports rang­ing from athletics to wa­ter ski­ing.

At the Rio Olympics ath­letes helped by Sport­sAid won 44 gold, 28 sil­ver and 32 bronze medal sand at the Par­a­lympic st hey had 104 podium fin­ishes.

Elmer, who has also been elected as a trustee for East: “I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing with the great work in help­ing lo­cal ath­letes to reach their full po­ten­tial. It’s a real challenge to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing, but we can all look back at the Olympics and Par­a­lympics in Rio with pride hav­ing con­trib­uted with nu­mer­ous grants to aid our lo­cal sport­ing stars .”

Pe­ter­bor­ough Sport­sAid have con­firmed their next lunch will be held at the Hol­i­day Inn on Friday Novem­ber 25 with Par­a­lympic sil­ver medal­list Lauren Stead­man their guest speaker.

Iain Crighton (left) with new Pe­ter­bor­ough Sport­sAid chair­man Phil Elmer.

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