Sudbury’s talented young basketball player Ashleigh Pink met cult Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards as she was recognised for her talent and potential with a funding grant.
The 14-year-old, who represented England at under-15 level earlier this year, has become the latest in a growing list of highly-talented young sportsmen and women from the county to receive support from the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation.
The Ipswich Bobcats player was presented with a SportsAid grant by Edwards at the latest Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club on Friday.
Edwards was the first skiier to represent Great Britian in Olympic ski jumping, at the 1988 Games in Calgary, Canada and despite finishing last was taken to the nation’s hearts for his efforts.
The SportsAid grant is specifically aimed at helping athletes such as Pink with the high cost of training and competing at her current level.
She said: “It is a great honour to receive a grant from SportsAid. It will really help towards the cost of training and travel. My love for the sport is what drives me.”
Since the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation was launched in December 2007 it has raised and distributed more than £100,000 to aspiring athletes from the county including both of Suffolk’s London 2012 medalists – Anthony Ogogo and Zoe Newson.