ATHLETICS: SportsAid award for Paralympian Sam Ruddock

Sam Ruddock
Sam Ruddock

Sprinter receives £1,000 and the chance to inspire next generation

Paralympic athlete Sam Ruddock, 23, has been selected to receive a £1,000 SportsAid Award from Asda and join the Asda Active Athletes class of 2013.

Sam, has been selected by SportsAid in recognition of his outstanding performances over the past 12 months as one of the best emerging talents in the UK. Sam’s senior international debut for Great Britain was at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where he achieved a personal best of 28.75 seconds in the T35 200m.

Over the past five years, more than 2,150 young elite athletes have been chosen to join the Asda Athletes scheme. The programme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, whose patron is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, aims to help the next generation of sporting talent on their pathway to future success.

This summer, Asda is also partnering with Sports Leaders UK to put on more than 400 free Asda Active Sports Days across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of the Asda Active programme to help ‘Get Britain Moving’.

As part of the grant award from Asda, Sam will attend Asda Active Sports Days in his region and will be inspiring primary school children to take part in sport and ‘Get Active’.

Tim Scott, Project Manager for Asda in the Community said: “Asda Active Athletes is about supporting the potential of the best young athletes in the country. We are thrilled that Sam has been selected to join the scheme this year and we look forward to seeing him inspiring the next generation at Asda Active Sports Days across the UK this summer”.

Sports Leaders UK is a charity that trains and supports large numbers of volunteers to provide sporting opportunities in local communities such as Asda Active Sports Days.

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