Sports trust gives SC athletes welcome hand
Four South Canterbury athletes heading to world championships have been given a boost by the Aoraki Sports Persons Charitable Trust.
Rowing twins Cameron and Russell Crampton are training at Lake Karapiro in preparation as part of the New Zealand quadruple sculls crew at the World Junior Rowing Championships next month.
Speed skaters Samantha Michael and Emily van der Heyden will also wear the silver fern next month but in Italy as part of an 11-strong New Zealand team.
The Cramptons each received $1000 while van der Heyden and Michael both got $1750.
Aoraki Sports Persons Charitable Trust chairman Peter Burt was delighted to be able to contributeto funding the costs of travelling to their world championships.
"Our aim is to assist young South Canterbury athletes who are achieving at the top of their game, reach their true potential and obtaining financial assistance is an ongoing battle.
"We wish these athletes all the very best in their respective competitions and know that they will do South Canterbury and their sporting codes proud.
"I certainly know from personal experience what both Russell and Cameron are facing after having my son Steve represent New Zealand at the junior world champs in Austria in 2008."
Burt said the trust's funding came through businesses giving about $50 a month and accumulatively it provided a reasonable base from whcih to operate. "We also have an auction every year at the sports awards."
Also they have an excellent relationship with Trust Aoraki, which supports them. he said.
Burt said he was again looking to recruiting businesses to support ASPECT and anyone interested in supporting some of the province's best young athletes could contact him.
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