Discus hot prospect Chukwuemeka Osanmor says funding through SportsAid’s partnership with GVC Holdings helped him realise that people do care about his discipline.
The 19-year-old is a beneficiary of GVC’s three-year partnership with SportsAid, helping young athletes across the UK realise their potential.
When lockdown was imposed, Osanmor used his SportsAid grant to source home workout equipment to help maintain his strength, so vital for an emerging thrower.
“It’s very inspiring to know that people are watching,” said the City of Sheffield & Dearne AC athlete.
“I remember thinking there wasn’t that much attention around discus but having SportsAid backing me reminds me that people do have the best intentions for you.
“I’ve grown in confidence in the last few years as I’ve progressed and having the backing of SportsAid has played a big role in that.”
Athletes get funding for training, travel and equipment, as well as mentoring by Olympians and Paralympians on topics such as nutrition and sports psychology.
The young athletes will be following in the footsteps of legendary figures such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Sarah Storey and Ellie Simmonds OBE – all of whom received SportsAid support – and more recent beneficiaries including Dina Asher-Smith and Adam Peaty MBE
The initiative is part of GVC’s Pitching In, a major new multi-million-pound investment programme designed to support and promote grassroots sports.
“The money helped me a lot to be able to afford weights and equipment during lockdown,” Osanmor said.
“Lockdown was a tough time but being able to do my work and stay in good physical shape helped me deal with it mentally.
“As a thrower you need to have presence and personality and I’m growing in belief all the time.”
GVC is proud to be championing the next generation of British sporting heroes by providing talented young athletes with financial support and personal development opportunities in partnership with SportsAid. As part of this three-year partnership, GVC are supporting a diverse group of 50 UK athletes per year from a variety of spots and para-sports. Visit gvc-plc.com to find out more.