invest in the future
What is Invest in the Future?
moneyweb launched the ‘Invest in the Future’ campaign in 2018 that has since sponsored several young sportsmen and women.
Why did we launch Invest in the Future?
Participating in competitive sporting events is costly and can limit performance if you simply don’t have the budget. At times, people, therefore, miss out on opportunities to compete, not due to their abilities, but because of their bank accounts.
We want to ensure that talented individuals can get the most out of both their sporting and academic careers, without the need to choose between the two.
How many do we take on each year?
We have never specifically said we would sponsor a specific number of athletes each year or have a certain number at any given time. Instead, we open applications periodically to assess what talent is in the area and keep in touch with those we believe may be up-and-comers in the future.
Is there an age cap?
Whilst there isn’t a specific age cap, we are careful about sponsoring someone that is under the age of 18.
My 2022 season started with a 10km in Pocklington Snake lane event – overall I was pleased with my performance since it was a week after having covid.
I’m heading out to Lanzarote for a training camp 21.3.22 to help kick start the season. I’m hoping this will boost my motivation and give me a strong base for the season to come.
My first triathlon of the year is the Early season Brigg sprint triathlon 24.4.22 – 400m pools swim , 20km bike and 5 km run – I won this race 2 years ago, so going there to defend the top spot.
Then on to Eton Dorney sprint triathlon 15.5.22 – it’s a European qualifier but I’m mainly using it as a practice for my ‘A’ race, Staffordshire half ironman 12.6.22 (70.3) – 1900km swim , 90km bike and 21km run.
I will then compete in Woodhorn museum triathlon 9.7.22 – standard distance – world triathlon qualifier race.
Also, I hope to complete a few local triathlons – possibly Castle Howard standard distance in July, and Allerthorpe triathlon but I’m going to see how the early season goes before entering.
Towards the end of the season I plan to enter another half iron distance race (70.3) and I have pencilled in Challenge Almere ( 70.3) half distance race in The Netherlands.
After the end of the triathlon season I plan to complete my first Marathon in 16.10.22 in the Yorkshire marathon.
Looking longer term – I’m a hoping to complete an ironman 2023, so I am aiming to increase my training and racing distance for this and I have my Age group GB spot for 2023 for the standard distance race.
Rugby Union Player
I am an 18 year old rugby player, I am most often played at number 8 however I will play any of the back 5. I have played since I was 4 years old starting at Scarborough rugby club, last season I played for many different teams including Scarborough Valkyries, Yorkshire centre of excellence, Yorkshire women, bishop burton college and also for England under18s which is my greatest achievement to date. This season I have been invited into a premier 15s preseason training camp, with the hope to be selected for the starting teams in the Premiership cup this season, I will also be playing BUCS for Hartpury university alongside my studies, I will also be trialing for the England under20s later on this year with the hope to be successful in making the squad.
Equestrian Event Rider
Lois is a local girl from Norton, North Yorkshire, a keen event rider who has successfully competed at Badminton International Horse Trials in 2018 where she won the British Eventing BE100 Mitsubishi Cup, riding Z7 Catastrophe – winning a Mitsubishi Motor for a year in the process! Since her achievement Lois continues to progress and most recently has competed at both Badminton Horse Trials and the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe in 2019.
Equestrian Event Rider
Brought up on a family livery yard/farm, I have always had a keen interest in horses. A member of the Derwent Hunt Pony Club for a number of years, I have worked my way up by regularly attending rallies and pony club camps and representing our branch at area championships. I have a number of homebred horses who I regularly compete BE and I’m hoping to progress through the ranks. At the start of the 2022 season my biggest achievement was BE9O at Northallerton where I was placed first, I’ve since gone on to place In the top 5 at 3 other BE events. As well as this I have represented the Derwent Hunt at Driffield Show placing 3rd and won the area eventing qualifier at Northallerton which will see me taking part in the championships at Offchurch Bury in August. I aspire to compete at a higher level and my aim is to qualify and compete at the Badminton Grassroots and follow in the footsteps of the previous local Yorkshire based winners.