I had great news arrive this week in the way of a cheque from the Essex Community Foundation.
This has been awarded to me by the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund, and the Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable Fund towards my Triathlon season this year, to assist financially with my European and World Championships, as well as national and local Triathlons.
As most of you know, my sport is totally self-funded and trying to keep up with the costs of 3 sports, including: all of the equipment (this alone is really expensive), the costs of each and every Triathlon, travel, hotel and entry fees for national and international races, it means out-goings are usually more than my mum and dad's in-comings (even with all of the over-time) - for instance, entry fees alone for the World Championships is around £340!
This grant will enable me to worry less about the costs and picking and choosing which races to enter. Now I can replace some old equipment which is close to failing (ie. bike shoes and cleats, GB trisuit and kit - the list is endless) but would otherwise have to last, enter important competitions and ultimately be able to concentrate on training for the up-and-coming season.
Basically, Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund and Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable fund, you have enabled me to look towards the future instead of taking it one step at a time, and I hope to make you very proud by bringing home some bling this year!!
Looking forward to my 2018 season :)