Deloitte-supported UK athletes go for Gold in Vancouver
Another 99 disability sport athletes to receive Deloitte funding this year as attention turns to London 2012. Deloitte-supported UK athletes go for Gold in Vancouver

Fuente:    Fecha:  17.03.2010

Two-thirds of the ParalympicsGB team competing at the Winter Games in Vancouver have benefited from Deloitte funding through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). Eight of the twelve athletes representing Britain at the Games received support from TASS, which forms part of Deloitte’s Disability Sport Programme.

Deloitte’s ongoing commitment to disability sport will see a further 99 disability sport athletes receive funding in 2010. This means the goals set for the Deloitte scheme when it was launched back in 2006, to have supported 22 Paralympic competitors and 300 athletes in total by 2012, have already been achieved with two-and-a-half years still to go before the London Games.

Deloitte’s financing of TASS awards allows athletes to achieve their sporting potential and keep up their education at college or university. The funds help to finance training, competing and support services whilst encouraging an education route that is suited to the individual. A TASS award provides strength & conditioning, lifestyle management and physiotherapy support, and overall aims to reduce the number of athletes who drop out of sport due to academic and financial pressures. Most of this year’s crop of athletes will receive an award worth £3,500; ten of them, identified as ‘potential medal winners’ at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will receive a £10,000 ‘TASS 2012’ award.

The Deloitte scheme has already supported Paralympic Gold Medallists in Beijing including the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2008, Eleanor Simmonds MBE, and sharp-shooting Matt Skelhon.

Heather Hancock, lead partner for London 2012 and Deloitte Disability Sport, commented: “Through TASS, we help future stars on their journey to the podium. Our people are immensely proud to be making a tangible difference to these individuals’ performances. We are delighted that we’ve already achieved what felt like ambitious goals for our relationship with SportsAid and ParalympicsGB when we began our association with them just over three years ago. It just goes to show what a difference we can make with long-term funding delivered with commitment from experts who know how to motivate top performers.

“Whether the athletes that Deloitte supports become medal winners at the top of their game, or achieve their personal best in sport and subsequently become high performers in their chosen careers, because we helped them manage education and sporting progress in parallel, we wish them the very best for the coming year.”

In Vancouver, Deloitte funded athletes Anna Turney, Jane Sowerby, Talan Skeel-Piggins, Tim Farr, Russell Docker and Sean Rose will compete for Great Britain in alpine skiing whilst Aileen Nelson and Jim Sellar will represent the country in wheelchair curling.

When the flame finally goes out on Vancouver 2010, the eyes of the Olympic and Paralympic world will quite rightly fix on London – but Deloitte Disability Sport aims to leave a lasting legacy beyond London 2012. Parasport, which this week won the Hollis Sponsorship Award for Grass Roots Sponsorship, will continue to connect people with a disability to high-quality sporting opportunities, whilst Deloitte Ride Across Britain will continue its breathless sightseeing bid to raise £1million for ParalympicsGB by 2013.

ParalympicsGB Chief Executive Phil Lane concluded: “Across Britain, people with a disability have been inspired by the achievements of Britain’s Paralympians and dreams of London 2012. Deloitte Disability Sport is helping a new generation of Paralympians to emerge with more than just dreams. They will have realistic hopes built on solid foundations.”