Aspiring Athlete Scheme

The Aspiring Athlete Scheme supported by InspireAll, is a programme designed to help athletes get to that next step in their sporting achievement. The programme provides expertise these partnerships have to offer.

One of our NEW aspiring athletes to join the scheme is Heidi, she will be using the facilities at Bushey as part of her training programme.

Here is her story.

“I’ve always struggled to describe to people what I do and aspire to become. I would say I am an athlete adventurer with a main focus on kayaking… but I won’t shy away from a challenge in other sports!

 I am going into my 6th year on the GB Freestyle Kayak Team and am preparing for the World Championships on home turf in Nottingham this coming June. I am also trying to push the limits of extreme and expedition kayaking. In other words, I’ve been known to paddle big waterfalls and explore remote rivers around the world that have not been paddled before. 

 This year, I have also qualified for Team GB for British Triathlon’s Age Group Team and will be competing at the European Championships in Munich in August. This came about as a culmination of lockdown boredom (and no access to kayaking), ice swimming and fitness gains from summiting some of the highest peaks in the Alps. 

 I’m incredibly grateful for the support from InspireAll as I am completely self funded and access to a gym will help me to stay strong and injury free”.

The scheme is available to residents of Hertfordshire or Milton Keynes, with the aim to provide assistance and free access to the leisure facilities to allow athletes to train and achieve their goals.

The scheme is run on a yearly basis and is open to applicants aged between 11 – 28 years of age, which can be extended to aged 35 in the cases of disabled athletes.