The British Wrestling Association has been successful in its application to UK Sport for access to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Aspiration fund.
The aim of the Aspiration Fund is to support sports who do not currently receive full UK Sport Olympic Podium focussed funding, in order to develop plans to help teams and athletes pursue their goals of participating in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
George Ramm and Kane Charig were at the centre of the BWA’s bid application following a detailed review of their past performance, future potential, training engagement and age at the time of the Tokyo Olympics. Both athletes have demonstrated medal potential at world level, George Ramm in Wrestling’s most challenging continental championships, the Europeans, and Kane Charig in the multi-sport Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast 2018 Australia.
The funding will be used to support their pathway to the Olympics by covering the costs required to deliver a full training programme such as training, strength and conditioning, competition and coaching costs. In addition to this, the UK Sport funded athletes will participate in community sessions with The East Salford Youth Task group.
‘To be associated with the UK Sport administered funding is a great morale booster to the sport of Wrestling and a great morale booster for the athletes around whom the bid was structured’ said the BWA’s Chief Executive, Colin Nicholson.