Adlington and Conway Receive Key Financial Backing
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Adlington and Conway Receive Key Financial BackingPosted: 26/09/2019
Two JudoScotland athletes have been awarded key financial backing from sportscotland, the national agency for sport, via an athlete support programme geared towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Sarah Adlington and Sally Conway will both benefit from a sportscotland Athlete Personal Award (SAPA) over the next 12 months, leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Both judoka will receive £6,000 as additional support for training, competition and living expenses, as their respective Olympic preparation intensifies over the next 12 months. With both athletes currently being self-funded, this award will be of great significance as they work towards the dream of winning an Olympic medal.
Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at the sportscotland institute of sport, explained that backing the team in this way is vital to ensure the athletes are the best prepared they have ever been to perform on the world stage.
He said: “This initiative is one of many measures we are working on to ensure we build and establish a world class system for Scotland. The initiative is primarily aimed at ensuring we help support all our potential medal winning athletes and sports in the lead into the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020”.
Sally Conway was delighted to find out she was receiving this support:
“Getting the email to saying that I had been awarded a SAPA award was just the best news. It will definitely help take some of the financial pressure off and will be a big help towards my preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
I would like to say a huge thank you to sportscotland Institute of Sport and JudoScotland for their continued support”.
The awards, which were first introduced in the run-up to London 2012, have proven hugely beneficial to Scottish athletes over the past few years with last year’s 2018 Commonwealth Games a recent highlight. This was Scotland’s best-ever ‘away games’ and the second largest medal haul after Glasgow 2014 – where Judo was a significant contributor to the overall medal tally.
With recent medal successes, Adlington and Conway are showing encouraging signs with Tokyo 2020 now on the horizon. Last weekend, Adlington won her fifth career Grand Prix medal in Tashkent, whilst Conway recently secured her first ever World Championship medal in Tokyo. With Adlington yet to secure an Olympic medal and Conway looking to match or better her Rio 2016 Olympic medal, this financial backing is sure to make a positive impact moving forward.