Our sponsorship initiative, Invest in the Future, was created in recognition of our support of some young, incredibly gifted sportsmen and women.
2022 was a great year for our Invest in the future Athletes, so let’s take a look at our athletes, to see what they accomplished.
Starting with Emily Hamilton our Invest in the Future Equestrian Event Rider here are her highlights.
“My 2022 season has been a memorable one with many highlights!
In March, we kicked off the season in style where all the hard winter preparation paid off and we won the BE 90 at Northallerton.
My next focus was qualifying for Badminton, something that has always been a dream of mine. In August Musical Legend (Peppa) and I won the Area Festival Qualifier at Frickley Park Horse Trials, which was a definite pinch-me moment. I don’t think it’s sunk in that we’ll be heading to Badminton in May!
I couldn’t be more pleased with how Peppa is doing, taking everything in her stride (excuse the pun) and even stepping up to a couple of BE 100’S towards the end of the season.
After a well-deserved holiday for Peppa, we plan to spend the winter months preparing for eventing. I’m proud to have the opportunity to compete at the Badminton Horse Trials and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
I can’t wait to make more special memories in the 2023 season with our homebred mare.”
Becky Mason our Triathlete, had a great 2022 and already looking forward to her upcoming races in 2023.
“My season started with a week’s training camp in Lanzarote. This was a week full of swimming, biking and running which was great to kick-start my progress and fire up my motivation. The 2022 season was successful as I managed to qualify to represent my age group at the 2023 European sprint and World standard distance race in Madrid and Pontevedra respectively.
The European sprint distance race will be on 3/4th June and the World Standard distance towards the end of next season 22-24th September. I look forward to getting the Great Briton tri-suit on for these races.
I completed my first marathon at the Yorkshire marathon in September 2022 and I was 2 minutes from getting a ‘good for age’ allocation spot which would guarantee entry for the London marathon. I’m thinking of entering a marathon in spring. I believe that with my recent experience, I should be able to knock this time off.
This year I raced in a half-ironman race in Staffordshire, I came 20th overall and 5th in my age category. I am aiming on returning to Staffordshire on June 11th to see if I can improve on this result. I’m am still considering stepping up to the full-distance race (3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run) this would probably at the Outlaw full-distance race in Nottingham on July 30th.
I look forward to the 2023 season and planning the race calendar is very exciting!”
Lois Teal is our Equestrian Event Rider and Point to Point.
“This season I have been lucky enough to have three horses all competing at novice level and one at the intermediate. All three horses have been placed throughout the season and gained valuable experience. My highlight of the season has to be Z7 Catastrophe finishing 2nd in a competitive section at Allerton Park Intermediate – it was a very testing cross country and he took it all in his stride.
I am hoping to step Z7 Catastrophe up to 3* international level in 2023 with the view to eventually progress to the advanced national level. Riverhead Night Air and Le Dorado HK are both aiming to continue with solid novice runs early next season with the view to progressing to 2* international competitions.
Both horses took very well to step up to the novice level and they are very exciting prospects for next season.
Once again, I am very grateful to Moneyweb for their continued support! Looking forward to the 2023 eventing season!”
Steph Else is our Invest in the Future Rugby competitor, here is what she has been up to in 2022 and looks forward to in 2023
“This year I have been very busy keeping up with training and playing, I have signed for my first premier 15s squad (Gloucester Hartpury) and I have been a regular starter for my Hartpury University in the BUCS super league too.
However the last few months have been the most achieving with playing in 2 Prem cup games for GH and then making my debut in the Allianz Premier 15s game vs Exeter Chiefs where we took the win 25-17 at Sandy park. I played the full 80 minutes at number 8 and even went to line out caller in the last half.
I also got the news this week that I have been selected for England under 20’s training squad and even though there will be another cut after the next camp in January this is a good achievement in itself. I am very happy to be able to experience this level of rugby.
In 2023 I’m hoping to do pre-season with GH again over the summer and to start in more games for them, I also hope to help get Hartpury University into the BUCs final which would be a great opportunity and experience for myself and the other girls.”