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 2012 we supported the following athletes:
February 2012 – Eilish McColgan Eilish had a disastrous start to 2012 in crutches! The year before, whilst competing for a place in the World Championships in the 3000m steeplechase, she broke her foot when landing. She continued the race with one lap to go as she had seen her time and saw that she was on target for the A standard Olympic qualifying time. She is now regaining strength and will hope to be part of the Team GB at London.
May 2012 – Craig Benson Craig was the outsider at the British Swimming Championships in March and really did not expect to make the British Olympic team. He had a fantastic swim in the 100m breaststroke and made his place at the age of 17! The year before, he won the Junior World Championships and the Junior Commonwealth Games as well as medalling at the Junior European Championships. Craig has raw talent and definitely one to watch!
August 2012 – David Florence Our post Olympics Athlete of the Quarter is canoeist David Florence. David made history in London 2012, competing in both the C1 and the C2 canoe slalom event. Having won a silver medal in C1 in Beijing, he was determined to add to his collection! He narrowly missed making the finals in the C1, but had a cracking run in the C2 two days later, taking home the SILVER MEDAL!
November 2012 – Grace Reid Grace has just returned from the World Junior Diving Championships where she finished 9th overall in the 1m event. To even get to the World Championships in Adelaide, she needed to medal at the Junior European’s earlier in the year – which she did, becoming the 3m synchronised champion and a silver medallist in the 3m. Grace, at the age of 16 is in full time education juggling a day of school with 22 hours of training every week. She also has spent a great deal of the last few years travelling to Leeds at the weekend to train due to the closure of the Commonwealth Pool. She is now working towards Glasgow 2014 and then Rio 2016.