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Local firm supports aspiring young athlete through Lloyds TSB Local Heroes

Local firm supports aspiring young athlete through Lloyds TSB Local Heroes
 
Richmond-based specialist marketing and HR recruitment firm, the Stopgap Group, has signed up to support local discus specialist Lawrence Okoye through the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme.
 
The Stopgap Group  is supporting Lawrence, from Croydon, as part of the programme, which enables the banks customers to back young talented athletes in their area.
 
Lawrence has been a keen athlete since his father introduced him to athletics aged 13. Since then, Lawrence has excelled at discus throwing and lists having thrown the second-longest distance by any junior British discus thrower and placing sixth in the World Junior Championships among his greatest achievements. Next July, Lawrence will compete in the under-23 European Championships in Ostrova.
 
When asked about his selection to the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme, Lawrence commented: It is essential for my progress. This sort of award will help me to achieve my goals.
 
He added: It will have a huge impact on my chances of achieving in my sport. It opens doors to possibilities I would not have otherwise had.
 
Lloyds TSB Local Heroes recognises young sporting talent and provides funding support for athletes as they start out on their sporting journey with optimism and determination. The scheme, which will identify 250 emerging young sportspeople each year on their journey to sporting excellence is being delivered in partnership with charity SportsAid.  The Stopgap Groups donation to SportsAid has enabled Lawrence to join the programme and is helping towards his discus training, equipment and travel.  
 
Claire Owen, the Stopgap Groups Leader of Vision and Values, comments: We are proud to be supporting Lawrence through the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes supporters programme and were delighted that Lawrence will be visiting us, as part of the programme, to share their sporting experiences and progress. This scheme gives support to young athletes at a time in their career when they need it most and were thrilled to be a part of that.
 
Vikki Thompson, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets said: Lloyds TSB Local Heroes supporters enable us to offer more money and more recognition to more athletes. Were very pleased that the Stopgap Group is providing such practical and meaningful help for Lawrence.

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