By Oli Dickson Jefford
Wheelchair fencer Josh Waddell believes being hand-picked to receive game-changing funding from Boost Drinks will help him reach his full potential.
The Sunderland star, 19, is one of eight athletes who have received a grant from a partnership between Boost Drinks and SportsAid, with the UK charity supporting some of Britain’s brightest sporting prospects for over 40 years.
And teenage ace Waddell, who first took up the sport aged six, admits the support from such a recognisable company came as a significant shock.
“I was told that Boost Drinks were my sponsor for the SportsAid grant that I received a few months ago – and it’s been great just to have their support,” said Waddell, whose financial support from Boost Drinks sees him benefit from a company born over 20 years ago with a vision of energising everybody in every way and is committed to supporting its local communities, whether this be fuelling them with its range of Sports, Energy, Iced Coffee, and Protein Drinks, or by getting more involved to help them achieve their goal.
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“I’ve been able to subsidise my training costs, which is very important because it allows me to train to my full potential.
“It’s great - I didn’t really expect it, but to have this support means a lot.
“Fencing is not very mainstream so to have such a well-known company sponsor me was a real surprise.”
SportsAid supports over 1,000 athletes each year – in the early stages of their career – by providing them with a financial award to help towards training and competition costs.
These athletes are Great Britain's brightest sporting prospects, nominated to SportsAid by the national governing bodies of more than 60 sports based on set criteria from each.
And Waddell revealed that the funding was providing him with significant peace of mind, allowing him to train and compete more freely.
He added: “I’m very grateful to have been gifted this money.
“Expenses can affect training sometimes, so knowing that Boost Drinks can provide that support just reassured me for the future.
“It’s anything from coaching costs to fencing equipment - all of the small things that people don’t think about day-to-day that cost a lot of money.
“To be able to have that funding and not have that weight on my mind has been a real blessing.”
Boost Drinks provides young athletes with financial support, recognition, and personal development opportunities through its partnership with SportsAid. Each athlete receives a £1,000 award which contributes towards costs such as travel, accommodation, and equipment – for more information visit www.boostdrinks.com