28th Oct 2016
Ben will use his donation towards upgrading his equipment and travelling to the many rowing competitions he competes in every year across the globe.
His commitment to the sport impressed SportsAid trustees particularly with his training regime beginning at 4.30am every morning and devoting both Saturday and Sunday mornings to the sport.
Ben’s ultimate aim is to compete in the Olympics and cites James Cracknell as his sporting hero because ‘he won two Olympic medals and has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean,’ said Ben, adding that he ‘would like to follow in his footsteps.’ He doesn’t forget his mum who is his greatest influence, ‘because she takes me everywhere and is at every competition.’
Ben was unable to attend the lunch as he is currently in the US competing in the Head of the Charles Regatta. But he left a message for guests “I just want to say a massive thank you to SportsAid and the Bucks Sporting lunch club. The money that I received allowed me to go to the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poland this summer, where I won two gold medals in the quad for Team GB’s rowing team.
“Thanks again for all the support and I hope to fulfil my dream of being at the Olympics someday.”
S&C Slatter Commercial Director Jason Douglass says “It’s good to feel that we are making a positive contribution to the future success of such an outstanding young sportsman. And it underlines our commitment to play a leading role in the sporting community”.
Headline speaker at the lunch club was Adrian Moorhouse, who won a Gold medal in the 100m breaststroke in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Adrian is a former SportsAid alumni so fully understands the importance of the grants and the impact they make in enabling young talent to compete on the international stage.