Sky Scholarships celebrate eight years of investing in young people

I definitely would not be in the place I am in today with no Sky Scholarship and all the encouragement they gave me on my trip.
The voice of previous Olympic boxing gold medallist and world lightweight champion Katie Taylor – a Scholar between 2011-2013. The long-term job investing in talent of sky seems to be paying off.
Since the Sky Sports Scholarship scheme was started, it has been eight years. Skys devotion has grown hugely in the Arts, Women in Sky and Technology Ocean frees up Europe also with Scholar programmes supplying education, personal growth, financial support, mentoring and technical experience.
Irish boxer Taylor is. The most recent set of 12, including one from Germany and Italy, benefitting from Sky service are battling to make the Olympic and Paralympic point in Tokyo following summer.
Tony Lester, Head of Inspiring Young People and GB athletics coach, has overseen many changes and ambitions and his passion continue to burn bright.
It is this type of clich?? but young men and women are the future, Lester said. We are investing in that potential, whether its in game, engineering, the arts or even Ocean Rescue. Sky make a good deal of money from the display but that is about investing in the young talented folks that are most effective.
Were like a proud parent. You satisfy these children and they come with huge potential but its raw. My pride at the programme is that potential is finessed by us.
You cant make everybody whole and curved but you provide them insight to what life can look like when they do the ideal things. You show them and give them perspective and value with the world isnt always fair but they are given chances to be successful by you.
Ive never been a corporate person but Sky invested in my wisdom and expertise and to build on the philosophy that young people will constantly give back something in the event you make the time to spend in these and be patient.
The Scholars are being steered by the immediate focus towards and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 a new batch towards Paris .
After three groups of athletes and eight decades, it is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the journeys Lester has seen close-up.
He added:We make them develop as people and Im so proud of this. There have been lots ofwow minutes and that is seeing them go over and over what we expect.
Someone such as swimmer Siobhan-Marie OConnor who had a remarkable journey from 2012 to Rio in 2016. She was brilliant but struggled with her health.
It really knocked her down occasionally but she battled through and wound up with a world record, a planet silver medal, Olympic silver and six Commonwealth medals. Its shocking what she attained.
And there is boxer Jason Quigley. He made a call to leave throughout the programme. He chose to turn professional and went 14 fights undefeated. This was equally striking and brave.
But all the Scholars have been amazing. I am hoping well give it another go at the build-up into the 2024 Games at France.
Plus there is Skys connection with NBC Comcast providing us access to Olympic clip rights. Well be able to do a whole lot more and which is going to be ideal for the programme. And so the journey continues…
Perri Shakes-Drayton (Athlete)
Euan Burton (Judo)
Jody Cundy (Para Cyclist)
Katie Taylor (Boxer)
Arron Cooke (Taekwondo)
Steve Brown (Wheelchair Rugby)
Mark Rohan (Para Cyclist)
Liam Tancock (Swimmer)
Fran Halsall (Swimmer)
Louis Smith (Gymnast)
Nicola Sanders (Athlete)
Siobhan-Marie OConnor (Swimmer)
Sam Oldham (Gymnast)
Jack Bateson (Boxer)
Lucy Garner (Cyclist)
Elise Christie (Rate skater)
Jessica Judd (Athlete)
Holly Bradshaw (Pole vault)
Olivia Breen (Para athlete)
Savannah Marshall (Boxer)
Quillan Isidore (BMX riders )
Mark English (Athlete)
Louis Persent (Athlete)
Jason Quigley (Boxer)
Imani Lansiquot (Athlete)
Marta Bassino (Alpine Skier)
Joe Fraser (Gymnast)
Ellen Keane (Para Swimmer)
Daniel Altmaier (Tennis)
Samantha Kinghorn (Para wheelchair racer)
Max Litchfield (Swimmer)
Emily Appleton (Tennis)
Francesca Summers (Modern Pentathlete)
Freya Anderson (Swimmer)
Andrew Pozzi (Athlete)
Molly Thompson-Smith (Climber)

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