Shadine Duquemin and Stanley Livingston will each receive a £1,000 SportsAid Award from RBC Wealth Management this year. This is part of a broader sponsorship that includes 21 athletes from the UK and Jersey, all aged between 11 and 19 and specialising in sports including athletics, boxing, cycling, skiing, swimming and tennis. The funding will help these dedicated young athletes to fulfill their potential by helping them with essential training costs, travel and competition expenses.
“This will make a significant contribution to my equipment and travel costs,” said Shadine, who is the U20 and U23 British Champion and is ranked No 1 in Discus in the UK for both categories. Shadine is also a double Island Games Champion and Discus record holder.
Commenting on the award, Stanley said: “I have competed in the Junior Island Games in both the 400m and 400m hurdles, and hope to make the step up to the main Island Games in Jersey next year. This considerable support from RBC Wealth Management will mean a huge amount to me and my family in reaching that goal.”
Previous beneficiaries of SportsAid Awards include Mo Farah CBE, Dame Sarah Storey, Sir Chris Hoy, Ellie Simmonds OBE, Sir Bradley Wiggins, David Weir CBE, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE and many other successful sportsmen and women. The charity’s patron is Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid said, “This will make an enormous difference to these athletes who are without doubt some of the nation’s brightest prospects. The cost of their sport is a daily challenge so the support of RBC Wealth Management will be a massive boost. This is an exciting new partnership for SportsAid and it will make an instant impact.”
Stuart Rutledge, CEO, British Isles & Caribbean, RBC Wealth Management, commented: “RBC has taken an active interest in developing young athletes for over six decades, and is the longest-standing corporate supporter of Canada's Olympic Team. It is hard to grasp the dedication and sacrifice of these incredible individuals, often from a very early age, in their quest to become international champions.
“We are very pleased to be supporting the aims of SportsAid, which has such an excellent track record in fostering the best of British sporting talent. It will be thrilling to follow the progress of these budding local athletes.”