I definitely would not be in the position I am in today with no Sky Scholarship and all the encouragement they gave me on my trip.
The voice of former Olympic boxing gold medallist and world lightweight champion Katie Taylor – a Scholar between 2011-2013. The long-term project investing in talent of sky appears to be paying off.
Its been eight years since the Sky Sports Scholarship scheme was started. Skys dedication has grown hugely Women in Technology and Sky Ocean frees up Europe, in the Arts additionally with Scholar programmes providing mentoring, personal growth, education, monetary support and practical expertise.
Boxer Taylor is. The latest set of 12, including one from Germany and Italy, benefitting from Sky service are currently fighting to make the Olympic and Paralympic stage in Tokyo.
Tony Lester, Head of past GB sports trainer and Inspiring Young People, has mastered numerous changes and his dreams and passion continue to burn bright.
Its this type of clich?? but young individuals will be the future, Lester said. We are investing in that possible, whether its in sport, engineering, the arts or Ocean Rescue. Sky earn a whole lot of money but this is about investing in the young talented people.
Were like a proud parent. You meet these kids and they come with capacity but its raw. My pride at the programme is that possible is finessed by us.
You can not make everybody whole and rounded but you provide them insight into what life could look like when they do the proper things. You give them perspective and value and show them the world isnt necessarily fair but you give them chances to succeed.
Ive never been a corporate person however Sky spent in my expertise and experience and also to build on the doctrine that young men and women will consistently give back something in the event you take time to spend in these and be patient
The Scholars are being steered by the focus towards ideally and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 a new batch towards Paris four decades later.
After three groups of athletes and eight years, it is a fantastic chance to reflect on the remarkable journeys close-up has been witnessed by Lester.
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 above what we anticipate.
Someone such as swimmer Siobhan-Marie OConnor who had a wonderful journey from 2012 to Rio in 2016. She and her wellbeing had been brilliant but fought.
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 achieved.
And theres boxer Jason Quigley. He also made a call to leave throughout the programme. He made a decision to turn professional and proceeded 14 fights. That was so courageous and striking.
But most of the Scholars are amazing. I am now hoping well give it another go in the.
Plus there is Skys link with NBC Comcast giving us access to Olympic clip rights. We will be able to do a whole lot more and which will be just perfect for your programme. And so the journey continues…
SKY SPORTS SCHOLARS
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)