Future hockey star Tikare targets Olympic medal after 'Next Generation athlete' selection

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Josh Tikare has set his sights on one day winning an Olympic medal after being hand-picked as a SportsAid, Next Generation athlete, fuelled by Aldi
Josh Tikare has set his sights on one day winning an Olympic medal after being hand-picked as a SportsAid, Next Generation athlete, fuelled by Aldi

Beckenham-born hockey star Josh Tikare has set his sights on one day winning an Olympic medal after being hand-picked as a SportsAid, Next Generation athlete, fuelled by Aldi, writes Jonny Bray.

SportsAid supports over 1,000 young athletes each year by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs.

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 England Under-18 star has already trained with the EDP Under-21s side while also leading Whitgift School to the Independent Schools Hockey Cup.

And now that the Oxford University-bound 18-year-old has the financial backing he needs to focus on his hockey, he has targeted one day finishing on the podium at an Olympic Games.

"I want to win a medal at the Olympics," said Tikare, 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.

"That is something that I would love to do, winning a medal at an Olympics or another major competition with the Great Britain men's squad.

"It is something I aim to do, and I hope to do.

"It would just be crazy. To have the support of the country and to go out and win would just be mental.

"My first memory of the Olympics was 2012 because obviously, it was in London. It was a great experience to see Usain Bolt running.

"But also just going and supporting Team GB and being able to go and watch was a great experience."

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.

Tikare has also represented England at Under-16 level and shown his leadership skills while representing his peers as his school's Student Voice and Deputy Vice-Captain.

And with an exciting 12 months ahead, he emphasised that he still wants to continuing balancing his academics with hockey.

He added: "At Oxford, I hope to move one step closer to achieving my goals in hockey while also making sure I stay on top of the academic side.

"My support network is made up of my number one supporter, my mum, and then my dad and my sister.

"But then also my auntie Caroline, there have been lots of people around to help me through difficult times.

"When things don't go the way I want them to go, they have been there throughout, and without them, I would not have gotten to this point.

"That support is vital because things hit a lot harder at a young age.

"So having good people around you who are more mature and who can help you through those situations is really important."

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 2024

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