Because of the very demanding nature of biathlon, it is not possible to train properly and work more than a couple of hours a day - and even that is hard. I therefore left my job in June 2000 to train in Germany, which left me very short of money.
The funding for my biathlon career comes from:
The HAC (Honourable Artillery Company) is my major sponsor. There are actually two HACs: one is a regiment of the Territorial Army, and the British Army's oldest regiment; the other is a private members' club, of which all members and most ex-members of the regiment are members. This private club owns the premises in the City of London that the regiment is based in, and supports the regiment and its members in their various doings, including my biathlon efforts. It also throws excellent parties and is a very convenient car-park.
The HAC's web-site is: www.hac.org.uk
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has granted me a 'BOA Scholarship', which is something that potential Olympians in unfunded sports are elegible for. That consists of a modest monthly stipend until the Olympics next year. Their web-site is at www.olympics.org.uk
Minor sponsors include:
Training and Racing Costs
Some examples of the expenditure involved in my training and racing over the last year are:
These are of course in addition to my basic living expenses, which I also have to cover with no regular source of income.
Can you help?
Donations can be channelled through the Skiers Trust of Great Britain, a registered charity. This permits recovery of income tax when donations. Some employers also match charitable donations made by their employees, so that for example, a higher rate taxpayer can make a donation of £100, which takes £60 from their pocket and puts £100 into the Trust; the employer then donates a further £100, so that I benefit by £200 for an outlay of £60 from the donor. And of course £200 means far more to me than £60 does to the average higher rate taxpayer.
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