For a number of years, Whiteburn, through our partners Red Sky Management, sponsored an initiative we called “Athlete of the Quarter”. We provided quarterly leg-up sponsorship to up and coming athletes, who were trying to make it onto the big stage and were striving to attract the support to allow them to commit fully to their sports mission.
Each quarter, Red Sky selected one of their athletes for the prestigious award of ‘Whiteburn Athlete of the Quarter’. The selection was based on an athlete they believed would benefit most from the support at the time. During 2010-2011 we supported the following athletes:
November 2010 – Robbie Renwick Robbie had a superb swim at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. He had a rough start to the year, losing his coach of ten years, but managed to keep his spirits up and win the first Gold Medal for Team Scotland at the Games. His was also instrumental in the relay team winning silver in the freestyle event.
February 20 11 – Ben Kilner Ben was the only male British snowboarder to compete in the half pipe in Vancouver Olympics where he made it through to the semi-finals. He grew up in Banchory, getting as much practice as he could on the local slopes (when the weather allowed!). He faced funding set-backs at the start of the year but overcame these, allowing him to pursue his dream. He finished the season as the Men’s British HalfPipe Champion!
May 2011 – Euan Burton Euan is the senior member of the GB Judo team and has already got one Olympic Games under his belt. He has medalled at European and World levels and recently medalled in the prestigious Tokyo Grand Slam. Japan is the home of judo and this is one of the toughest competitions on the circuit. Euan is currently ranked 4th in the world in his weight category and will be looking to make the podium next year in London.
August 2011 – Hannah Miley Hannah is one of Scotland’s most talented swimmers. Through sheer hard work and determination she has risen to the top of her game in the 400m IM – one of the most gruelling events in the sport. She lives in Inverurie and trains in the local 25m pool (which she shares with the public) with her father as her coach. She is now a world silver medallist after a brilliant swim at the championships in Shanghai this year.
November 2011 – Eve Muirhead Eve is an extremely talented Scottish athlete – a skip for the British Curling team at the Vancouver Olympics (at the age of 19), and a scratch golfer. She can also add world class piper to her list of achievements! She led her Scottish team to a tremendous victory at the European Championships and is hoping to continue with this success to Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.