Cameron Thores ready to reach the next level after sport switch

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Cameron Thores
Cameron Thores has switched from para-athletics to rugby

Edinburgh sprinter Cameron Thores hopes the support from SportsAid’s Next Generation programme, fuelled by Aldi, will help take him to the next level after switching to para-athletics from rugby.

SportsAid supports over 1,000 young athletes each year by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs while also delivering personal development opportunities to many athletes through workshop sessions.

Aldi are now working in partnership with SportsAid to support 20 young athletes on their journey to becoming future Olympians and Paralympians – including Moore – and helping them to eat like a champion.

The 19-year-old Exeter University student finished third in the 100m at the UK School Games in 2021 and third in the 60m (T47) at the BUCS British University Championships.

And after switching sports, the Scottish sprinter is keen to keep learning and improving.

"I'm looking forward to meeting people through the programme, sharing our experiences, making contacts and just enjoying myself and enjoying the sport," said Thores, speaking after filming a new TV advertising campaign for Aldi, who work with Team GB and ParalympicsGB on the Get Set to Eat Fresh programme, helping school children eat healthier and live an active lifestyle.

"It'll be great to experience things that I otherwise would not have been able to experience and just maximise my opportunities.

"The thought of wanting to do something but having to worry about if I can travel there is stressful, so the programme helps relieve the worries.

"It means I can just do what I want to do, get to the highest level I can and stuff.

"I don't know if I was worried about my future in the sport, but it just means I can do everything I want to do to get the most out of it.

"The student loan has you counting your pennies a bit, but it was a massive relief to know that I was going to be getting a grant to ease the cost of things.

"It means that I did not have to worry about the financial side, and I can now just focus on the sporting side."

Each year, athletes are nominated to SportsAid by the national governing bodies of more than 60 sports based on set criteria.

The Aldi-supported athletes will be receiving a £2,000 award through SportsAid. Aldi will also support their 20 athletes with a £25 monthly voucher, to fuel them through training, competitions and to future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

And Thores has been thinking a lot about how the SportsAid award will help progress his career.

He added: "My coaches and I have been thinking about this a lot recently. I think the main thing for me is getting the right travel.

"I need to be travelling around the country, competing as much as I can in as many big competitions as I can.

"I think that SportsAid will help a lot with things like train prices and hotels.

"Otherwise, it can be very difficult to get myself around the place and to get to big competitions and stuff.

"Obviously, things are never in just the one place, so I think the thing that will help me moving forward is allowing me to reach big competitions and allowing me to access everything I can."

Aldi is the Official Supermarket Partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB and have partnered with Team GB since 2015, ParalympicsGB since 2022 and will be supporting them through to Paris 2

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