British athletes Daisy Cooil and Renee Myburgh have received support from the Backing The Best programme.
Backing The Best is managed by SportsAid for Sport England, and aims to support athletes financially who are progressing through the supports talent development system.
Daisy, who is a canoe slalom athlete, and Renee, who competes in canoe sprint, are on the Backing The Best programme that continues to make a huge difference to the next generation of sporting talent.
The programme launched in 2016 with 70 athletes supported before 95 up-and-coming stars received awards in the scheme’s second term. Entering its third year in 2018 there are now 115 recipients.
Backed by £5.5 million of National Lottery funding over a four-year period, Backing The Best presents annual awards of £5,000 per athlete to help with essential costs such as travel, accommodation, kit, nutrition and medical bills, as well as extra support from coaches.
This year’s Backing The Best athletes descended on the Holywell Park Conference Centre, based at Loughborough University, as they were given advice on performance lifestyle management, nutrition, sports psychology and telling their story through the media.