Funding lifeline for young gymnast Aim�e
YOUNG Huntingdon gymnast Aim�e Eaton has been given a springboard to success after receiving a donation from the Dickie Bird Foundation.
YOUNG gymnast Aim�e Eaton has been given a springboard to success after receiving a donation from the Dickie Bird Foundation.
The �222 – the cost of competing for a year – means 10-year-old Aim�e will not have to quit competitive gymnastics at Huntingdon Olympic Gym Club, where she has trained since the age of five.
The money will go towards a club leotard, tracksuit and apparatus grips, without which the Crosshall Juniors pupil could not compete.
Aim�e’s mother Anne Eaton said: “My husband was unemployed for 18 months due to the recession and it can become very expensive to compete.
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“I couldn’t get funding elsewhere because there is little funding for developing potential in gymnasts, especially such young gymnasts, so this was important help for Aim�e’s gymnastics future.
“I want to spread the word that there is help out there for others in this situation.”
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Aim�e, of Otter Way, Eaton Socon, hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Huntingdon gym club members Luke Folwell, Commonwealth medalist, and Louis Smith, Olympic bronze medalist.
Aim�e thanked the foundation, which was set up in 2004 to help young people fulfil their sporting dreams, and said the money would be a big boost to her future in gymnastics.
She said: “I love doing my sport and am determined to improve and learn more gymnastic tricks.”
Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird said: “I am delighted to help Aim�e Eaton, who is clearly deserving of our support, and look forward to following her progress.”