Posted on 11/10/2018 in Men's Artistic
Two Commonwealth Games artistic gymnasts are to benefit from support through The Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust for the coming year.
Thanks to continuing support from a private individual, Gold Coast bronze medallist Kelvin Cham and Ellie Russell (pictured) are among 18 talented young athletes from eleven sports to receive awards from the PHM Athlete Support Fund for 2019. Kelvin from City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club won bronze in the Gold Coast in the men’s artistic gymnastics team event and Ellie Russell (West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club) was part of the women’s team which placed fifth.
2018 has shown just how Scotland’s athletes can inspire young people through their performances, but breaking through to senior international level is tough and the costs of training and competition mean athletes can struggle to reach their full potential. This support will allow the gymnasts and their families to prepare for life as a professional athlete where their primary focus is on achieving their potential.
Established in 2012, the fund provides awards of up to £1,000 to athletes under the age of 26, to assist with their preparation for significant major events including the Commonwealth Games. This year applications were open to all CGS member sports, with Para-Sport athletes also being recognised for the first time.
Amongst the other athletes set to benefit, are swimmer Scott McLay, Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Youth Games athlete who won a relay bronze at Gold Coast 2018, Vicky Glover, Scotland’s first female boxer at a Commonwealth Games and Erin Wallace, who competed in Triathlon in Australia.
Two recipients are currently in Buenos Aires where the 2018 Youth Olympic Games are taking place; Christopher Grimley competing in the Badminton competition and Georgia Adderley participating as a Squash Ambassador, with the sport being showcased as an event out with the main sports programme.
Caitlin McClatchey, Chair of the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust and former Team Scotland swimming double gold medallist said: “We are truly indebted to this private individual who continues to recognise the potential of young athletes in Scotland and whose support has already delivered tangible benefits for many athletes.
“The transition from youth to senior level is a crucial time in an athlete’s development and this support allows them to fully focus on realising their sporting aspirations. We received over 50 applications for much needed support and we would love to hear from other individuals or organisations who could help us to expand the programme in the future.”
Photo credit: Team Scotland / Kevin McGarry