Search

Cash boost for ski ace

PUBLISHED: 15:43 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 July 2010

TJ Baldwin, Great Britain's No 1 Junior racer, has just received a huge cash boost to help fund his programme on the GB Europa Cup ski team.

For the second year running the 19-year-old from Tharston has been awarded the maximum £5000 grant as part of the Norfolk Rising star awards.

TJ Baldwin, Great Britain's No 1 Junior racer, has just received a huge cash boost to help fund his programme on the GB Europa Cup ski team.

For the second year running the 19-year-old from Tharston has been awarded the maximum £5000 grant as part of the Norfolk Rising star awards.

The awards are funded by the Norfolk Sports & Cultural foundation which supports young talented athletes and artists on the road to Olympics including London 2012.

TJ will be racing in the Europa Cup Downhill and Super G series throughout this season and some NorAm cup races in Canada in December.

“I am really delighted to get the Rising Stars funding again. It is a massive boost to me and will help to fund part of my season training and racing with the GB team in Europe and North America. I will now definitely be able to compete in all of the Europa Cup Downhill and Super G races this season and at the World Junior champs in France in February.

“Without the funding I was in serious danger of not being able to compete full time. Competing on the Europa Cup circuit and gaining a top 20 result will qualify me to race at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February.

“I am also aiming for a top 10 in both Downhill and Super G at the World Junior Champs.

“It's fantastic that I have been awarded the maximum amount again, and hopefully I will pull off the results to justify it.”

TJ is currently ranked No 1 GB Junior in all five disciplines - Downhill, Super G, GS, Slalom and Super Combined. He is also top 30 in the World Junior rankings in both Super G (28th) and Downhill (30th).


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Diss Mercury. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Diss Mercury