Stroma has agreed to sponsor local Wakefield athlete, Courtney Eardley, an elite competitor in Taekwondo with aspirations of making the squad for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The 19 year old is a hot prospect for Olympic selection having recently represented her country at the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea.
Courtney competes in the Olympic -49kg weight category, having taken up Olympic sparring at Black Widow Taekwondo club in Normanton, before gaining selection into the Fighting Chance initiative training full-time in Manchester – the home of Taekwondo.
She is now combining a degree in Sports Science with travel around the world in order to gain the ranking points necessary for Olympic qualification.
Her next stop will be the World University Games in Taipei (August 2017) where she will be representing Sheffield Hallam University. Her non-stop calendar continues with further rankings events at the French Open, Polish Open and the Serbian Open later this year.
Stroma's Group Marketing Manager, John Prydderch, said: "We are very happy to sponsor Courtney and will be following her pursuit of selection for Tokyo with great interest. It's fantastic to see local talent being recognised on an international stage and we look forward to supporting Courtney on her journey to the Olympics."
Courtney Eardley added: "I'm so grateful to Stroma for sponsoring me ahead of the World University Games. Although I love my sport, there is a huge financial pressure to enable me to compete around the world and I really appreciate the help that has been offered by Stroma and their team."
In order to compete at the highest level requires a tremendous financial outlay from Courtney and her family. This includes travel and expenses for each competition, following a carefully controlled nutritional plan, as well as the continual updating of her equipment. Courtney is seeking further financial and product-led sponsorship support which will allow her to maintain current momentum and achieve the ranking points necessary in order to make the squad for Tokyo 2020.
If you would be interested in lending your support to a genuine medal prospect for the next Olympics then please complete this form to get in touch with Courtney.