Twin Towns Boxing Club’s Jason Quigley is among twelve young athletes who have joined a Sky Sports new scholarship scheme to help realise their potential over the next three years.
The Sky Sports Scholarships scheme will provide tailored support to an exciting group of UK & Irish athletes in the early stages of their sporting careers, some of whom have medal ambitions at the next winter and summer games. The scheme will offer assistance through financial support, media training, mentoring and much more.
Jason joins the Sky Sports Scholarship scheme ahead of travelling to the AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships in Kazakhstan this Sunday. He is part of a 10-man Irish squad, which also includes new Sky Sports Living For Sport athlete mentor Michael Conlan.Former graduates of the Sky Sports Scholarship scheme include boxer Katie Taylor and handcyclist Mark Rohan, who were Irish success stories of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
The twelve athletes awarded scholarships are: Jason Quigley (boxing), Jack Bateson (boxing), Holly Bleasdale (pole vault), Olivia Breen (sprints), Elise Christie (speed skating), Lucy Garner (cycling), Quillan Isidore (BMX), Jessica Judd (800m), Savannah Marshall (boxing), Siobhan O’Connor (swimming), Sam Oldham (gymnastics), Louis Persent (400m).
Leading the scholarship programme is former UK Athletics National Events coach Tony Lester, who has coached Roger Black, Nicola Sanders, Marlon Devonish and Mark Richardson to medal winning performances. Tony and his team will work with each athlete and their coaches to ensure that the scholarship support is tailored to the individual’s requirements.
Jason Quigley, Sky Sports scholar and European middleweight gold medallist, said: “Being part of Sky Sports Scholarships is a fantastic opportunity for me. Everything is geared towards medal success at the highest level including the Rio 2016 Olympics, and having the means to access the best training with world class expertise and mentoring to compliment my existing team, is going to be vital for my development.”
He added: “It’s an enormous boost for me to be associated with Sky. I hope that, with support from Sky Sports Scholarships, I can inspire others to take up the sport I love.”
Lester, head of Sky Sports Scholarships, said: “These scholarships will make a real difference to the careers of these athletes. We will help deliver the right combination of performance and personal development support to ensure each athlete can help realise their potential in competition and beyond.”
JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland added: “We’re proud of our scholarship scheme and we’re proud that Jason is joining our scholarship programme. At Sky we believe in the power of sport and the difference it can make at all levels and we can’t wait to partner with these athletes over the next three years.”
The athletes were awarded their scholarships after a selection process that considered existing competitive results, medal potential and ambitions beyond sport.
As part of their roles, the scholars will get involved with Sky’s other sporting initiatives and programming. These include Sky Sports Living for Sport, which helps change the lives of over 30,000 young people every year in the UK & Ireland and Game Changers, the new Saturday morning show that aims to inspire kids to get active and have fun.