Thursday, March 03, 2016

Four swimmers going for Gold Coast & Olympic ambitions backed by SAPA support

4 swimmers are among 32 Scottish high performance athletes with the potential to make the podium at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast or with winter Olympic ambitions for Pyeongchang have been boosted with the news that they are among the latest recipients of individual sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs).

£192,000 has been allocated in the first year of a two year investment to athletes in eight sports to provide additional support for training, competition and living expenses for the next two years.

This initiative was introduced for London 2012, Sochi 2014, and Glasgow 2014, and proved extremely successful with 30 medallists at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games having received SAPAs and the wheelchair curlers delivering bronze at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

sportscotland has now invested almost £1.5 million and supported well over 100 high performance athletes through this initiative, which provides financial assistance targeted at athletes deemed to show medal-winning potential.

Individual beneficiaries from the latest round of awards include Cameron Brodie in swimming, Steph Twell in athletics, Alex Marshall in lawn bowls, and Scotland’s first female boxer to win a GB title, Stephanie Kernachan.   In addition to the Commonwealth Games sports, five snowsport athletes vying for a place on Team GB for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang will receive support.

Speaking at Scottish Boxing’s Performance Centre in the East End of Glasgow, where the awards were announced, Director of High Performance at sportscotland Mike Whittingham said:

“The sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards have made a significant difference to our athletes with podium aspirations, and it’s great to be able to boost the prospects of 32 athletes who are vying for 2018 Commonwealth and Olympic places.

“SAPAs are designed to help athletes who are in the development stage of their high performance career and need additional support to help them train and compete at the right level as they approach competition.

“They help ensure that Scottish athletes can focus and concentrate on their ideal training, recovery, and injury prevention strategies.  The smallest performance increment can make all the difference when competing at Commonwealth or Olympic level and that requires meticulous preparation and support.

“These athletes know they have the support of Commonwealth Games Scotland, the British Olympic Association, their governing bodies and world-class services from the sportscotland institute of sport’s team of coaches, scientists, and experts in addition to this financial award.  Together we are the ‘team behind the team; and with them all the way.”

Boxer Stephanie Kernachan said:

“This award gives me the additional support I need to represent my country and make my dreams of winning on the world stage achievable.  The support I have received from Boxing Scotland and the sportscotland institute of sport has allowed me to go to warm weather training camps and the sports science support from the institute is really making a difference.

“I am now completely focused on qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.  I know I can compete at that level and my aim is to be Scotland’s first ever Commonwealth Games female boxing medal winner.  The SAPA takes some of the pressure off, allowing me to concentrate on my training and do everything I can to get on that podium.”

Paul Bush OBE., Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said:

“Commonwealth Games Scotland is working closely with sportscotland to ensure that the sports and athletes preparing for the next Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast have the best possible opportunity to qualify for and excel at the Games.

“After the huge success of Glasgow 2014, our aim is for Team Scotland to have its most successful ever overseas Games in 2018. We therefore welcome the direct support for prospective team members through the Athlete Personal Awards, which is a crucial component in the overall support package to CGS and its member sports.”

Notes to Editors:

The nominations process for the SAPAs is:

  • The total number of athletes supported with an award is determined by medal-winning potential.
  • Nominations are made by Sport Governing Bodies and submitted in athlete priority order.
  • The final decision of who receives an individual or team award is made by a panel of sportscotland staff led by Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance.
  • No nominations are considered without key supporting information, including an athlete’s past track record, current position, and future potential.

The awards are from the sportscotand National Lottery Fund and additional investment from the Scottish Government. Awards help the athletes cover training, competition, and living costs.  Additional support in these areas can be invaluable for athletes striving for Commonwealth or Olympic success.

sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards – March 2016

 

Athlete

Sport

Panel Recommendation

Location

Hometown/Lives

Cameron Brodie

Aquatics

6,000

Inverurie/Stirling

Craig McNally

Aquatics

6,000

Edinburgh

Corrie Scott

Aquatics

6,000

Strathaven/Edinburgh

Mark Szaranek

Aquatics

6,000

Dunfermline/USA

Chris Bennett

Athletics

6,000

Glasgow

Jax Thoirs

Athletics

6,000

Glasgow/USA

Callum Hawkins

Athletics

6,000

Elderslie

Steph Twell

Athletics

6,000

Farnborough/London

Reece McFadden

Boxing

6,000

Motherwell

Aqeel Ahmed

Boxing

6,000

Dundee/Motherwell

Sean Lazzerini

Boxing

6,000

Glasgow

Stephanie Kernachan

Boxing

6,000

Motherwell

William Hutchison

Boxing

6,000

Lanark

William Stuart

Boxing

6,000

McDuff

Mitchell Barton

Boxing

6,000

Berwick

Alex Marshall

Lawn Bowls

6,000

Tranent

Paul Foster

Lawn Bowls

6,000

Troon

Darren Burnett

Lawn Bowls

6,000

Arbroath

Neil Spiers

Lawn Bowls

6,000

Ratho

Jennifer McIntosh

Shooting

6,000

Falkirk/Edinburgh

Seonaid McIntosh

Shooting

6,000

Dollar

Sian Bruce

Shooting

6,000

Dundee

Angus McLeod

Shooting

6,000

Edinburgh/Warminster

Sarah Henderson

Shooting

6,000

Watten/Halkirk

Ian Shaw

Shooting

6,000

Epsom

Alan Clyne

Squash

6,000

Inverness/Edinburgh

Greg Lobban

Squash

6,000

Inverness/Edinburgh

Alexandra Tilley

Snowsport

6,000

Torphins

Charlotte Guest

Snowsport

6,000

Perth

Andrew Musgrave

XC Skiing

6,000

Huntly

Andrew Young

XC Skiing

6,000

Huntly

Callum Smith

XC Skiing

6,000

Inverurie

 

 

32 athletes (27 summer sports athletes, five winter sports athletes)

Eight sports

£192,000

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