Bethan Gill, a 24 year old flat water canoe athlete from Nottingham, has become the 100th athlete to receive a grant from the The Joanna Brown Trust.
Since 2008, the sports charity has awarded over £60,000 to 100 athletes. The list includes: Kare Adenegan (wheelchair sprint); Evie Richards (cycling); Alice Tai (paralympic swimming); and Amber Anning (athletics), all hoping to represent Team GB in the Olympic or Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
“The support that The Joanna Brown Trust is able to provide me is hugely appreciated and a great honour. This grant will go towards a new paddle machine, so that I continue to train during lockdown and the winter months”, said Bethan, who is aiming to compete in the World and European Championships, as well as the World Cups and Games this year.
“Supporting athletes to develop is at the forefront of the Charity’s heart as they endeavour to open as many doors for athletes as possible. It is fabulous to be a part of this charity and community with such values. I urge as many people as possible to show their support for the charity and become involved in any way they can.”
Bethany was recently interviewed by BBC Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
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Richard Brown, founder of The Joanna Brown Trust said…
“This is an incredibly special milestone for us. When we founded the charity in memory of Jo, we could have only dreamed of being able to support so many fantastic athletes in her name.”
“We’re a small charity run by volunteers. 100% of the money we raise goes directly to supporting young British athletes and sports projects around the world. Without generous support of so many people over the past 13 years, none of this would have been possible.”
Richard added, “Jo was all about striving to be the best she could. So to think we’ve supported 100 young aspiring athletes to be the best they can in Jo’s name is very special.”