Thirteen of Scotland’s up and coming young cyclists will receive additional financial support from SportsAid in 2023, a welcome boost for their aspirations to make it to the top.
Scottish Sports Aid is a charity that enriches the lives of talented young athletes by recognising and nurturing their abilities through and beyond sport. Ambitious cyclists from across Scotland have been benefitting from the funding for many years, with Sir Chris Hoy a notable alumnus. Athletes are nominated to Sports Aid by Scottish Cycling and awards range from between £400 and £1000.
Thirteen athletes from five disciplines will receive support totalling £7,000 this year, including Track sprinter Kirsty Johnson (Edinburgh Road Club), who received support from the Robertson Trust. Of the support she noted:
“My message to Sports Aid would simply be “thank you so much!” I am incredibly grateful for their continued support this year. It means a lot to me as it helps me invest in better kit than I could otherwise afford. But mostly I just appreciate the belief in me as an athlete!”
British Under-23 BMX Supercross Champion Cameron Reid, recipient of funding for the past three seasons, was equally as appreciative:
“The continued financial support from Sports Aid has helped me be able to compete in places that I never imagined I would be able to. I am incredibly grateful.”
David Somerville, Head of Performance and Coaching at Scottish Cycling, added:
“Over the years our relationship with Scottish Sports Aid has benefitted many outstanding athletes across the cycling disciplines. This support has enabled them to improve by covering travel expenses, equipment costs and more. At a time when the economic climate is causing funding constraints across all sports, we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from Scottish Sports Aid.
“It is particularly encouraging to see athletes from disciplines across cycling included in this years funding for BMX, MTB DH, as well as Track, Road and MTB XC. We would like to thank all the funding organisations who feed into Scottish Sports Aid”.
Athletes supported by Scottish Sports Aid: