Teenage racing driver talks about ‘Sporting Champions’ programme

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Emily Linscott and Max Whitlock

First launched by Olympian Colin Jackson

 in St Albans, to help nurture and inspire their supported athletes with the assistance of some household names who were on hand to tell their stories and answer questions.

Teenage racing driver, Emily Linscott, is one such athlete that has benefited from their fantastic support.

A shocked, but very proud Emily explained: “My management team received a call asking if I’d be part of the Q & A Panel at the Sporting Champions Mentoring Day, alongside Olympic and Commonwealth Champion athletes, Max Whitlock, Colin Jackson, Jade Jones and Jason Carty.

“The attendance at the Mentoring Day was expected to be quite large, but I wasn’t expecting to see over a hundred supported athletes in the audience.”

The attendees were primarily national and international athletes, many of whom represent Great Britain in their respective disciplines and all supported by the EA Sporting Champions scheme. “I must admit, it was a little scary at first but Colin [Jackson] made us all feel more relaxed, as he joked around before we started.”

As one of Essex’s rising sports stars, 15-year-old Emily has since been signed-up by Everyone Active Sporting Champions for a second year.

Hearing the great news, Emily said: “I got a an email from Sporting Champions telling me they’ve committing to a second year with me in my motorsport.

“Having them sponsoring me is such a huge benefit and I really am very grateful to them for their support and recognition.”

Emily regularly trains at the Everyone Active Basildon Sporting Village gym, three to four times a week as part of her performance regime.

Emily does gym work 4 times per week alternating between 1.5 and 2 hour sessions for strength and conditioning programmes. Practices in a race simulator for four x one hour solo sessions plus an additional two hour coached session on race week. All of this on top of school work and promotional commitments for sponsors.

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions provides funding and support for talented athletes from across the UK.

Launched in 2016 and supported by one of the country’s most recognised sporting talents, Colin Jackson CBE, the scheme has already helped many athletes on their journey to become a national and international sporting success.

Becoming a sporting hero comes with a financial burden and, for many of our athletes, they will also be provided with funding support to help pay for training, equipment, travel and competition costs.

They also have access to 150 everyone active sport, gyms and leisure centres across the UK.

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