ESKBANK fencer Katie Smith has been earmarked as a future British Olympian after being chosen to be part of the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes initiative.
The 17-year-old George Heriot’s School pupil will receive £1,000 towards training and competing and is one of only 82 youngsters selected from across Scotland.
Katie attended the launch of the scheme at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, one of the key stadia for next year’s 2014 Commonwealth Games. There she rubbed shoulders with Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger and Commonwealth champion Robbie Renwick.
Katie, a member of Edinburgh Fencing Club, said: “All the equipment in a sport like fencing can be very expensive, just to partially replace a bit of my equipment cost about £500 recently.
“Then there’s the travelling to events in other countries, all that is being paid for by my parents at the moment so hopefully this will really help them.
“Last year was my final one as a cadet so this year I will be competing in a few junior events but also as many senior ones as I can manage because I want to compete at Glasgow 2014.”
She also received practical sessions on how to deal with the media, how to make the most of social media and career development advice at the workshop.
As part of Bank of Scotland’s London 2012 legacy, Bank of Scotland Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, will provide support and funding to 82 emerging Scottish athletes in 2013. More than 220 Local Heroes have benefited from the programme since 2008.
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