Last week, RBC welcomed some of Britain’s most exciting young sports stars to its Riverbank House office in London.
Every year, RBC supports 50 up-and-coming British athletes, partnering with UK charity SportsAid to provide financial assistance and mentoring through the RBC staff and athlete ‘buddy’ programme.
The partnership sees each athlete receive an annual award of £1,000 award which contributes towards costs such as travel, accommodation and equipment. Team RBC athletes are among the country’s brightest prospects, having been nominated to SportsAid by their sport’s national governing bodies. The 50 athletes are an even split of male and female and stretch across 31 Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.
The event included a Q&A with Team RBC athletes giving an insight into their careers and the sacrifices they have to make. Wheelchair racer Sheikh Sheikh, who competes in the 100m, 200m and 400m across the T54 category, has been supported by RBC through SportsAid since the partnership’s inception.
“It’s always in my head that I’m pushing to achieve for SportsAid, to raise awareness of such a wonderful charity, and also for the members of RBC who do so much for us as athletes. When I’m on the track, all I’m thinking about is performing at my best because people are taking the time to support me. I always want to give back to them.”
Sheikh Sheikh, British T54 wheelchair athlete
Sheikh is aiming to compete at the IPC 2017 World Championships in London but his sights are also firmly set on Tokyo in 2020 after narrowly missing out on Rio Games qualification by 0.15 of a second.
RBC and SportsAid’s support of disabled athletes is important for the ongoing success of the sport. SportsAid alumni won 104 of Team GB’s 147 Paralympic medals in Rio last Summer.