SportsAid is celebrating 40 years of helping young talented British athletes throughout 2017.
In 1976, when SportsAid was founded, the charity was the country’s major source of funding for most of its top athletes, raising the money they needed to compete against overseas rivals who were usually better-funded. Yet there was still considerable success for British sport. David Wilkie set a new world record to win a gold medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. In the very same pool, one of the first recipients of a SportsAid Award, Sharron Davies, made her Olympic debut when she was just 13 years old, becoming a household name in the process. Sharron is one of two members of that British Olympic team who remain closely involved with SportsAid to this day. The other is the charity’s chairman, Chris Baillieu, who won a silver medal in Montreal in the men’s double sculls. The Paralympic movement also took a step forward in 1976 with its first Winter Games. Held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, six competitors represented the British team.
There will be many events throughout 2017 and we hope that you will get involved by supporting the Northampton Sporting Lunch Club.