Kelda shares some exciting news….

Kelda shares some exciting news….

It’s been fantastic news this week to receive confirmation that I have been allocated a place on the British Canoeing Podium Potential Programme and will be placed on Funding Band E in the lead up to Rio next year.

This support through UK Sport and Lottery funding makes a huge difference to my training and the funding they provide enables me to train full time and commit 100% to being the very best I can be. Lottery funding also provides the whole squad with World Class coaching and facilities….we are incredibly lucky and hopefully the impact of their support will be shown in the results in Rio next year. I know the whole squad are incredibly grateful for their support, and for me personally, it makes the difference between it happening and it not! Thank you UK sport!:

Thanks to the additional sponsorship from East Midlands Civil Engineering Ltd, I’m now only £9,000 off reaching my target of £20,000 to fund my training through to Rio next September. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for all the support I’ve received, in so many different ways, and it only drives me harder every day in training!

And training’s been pretty hard!! We’re in a hypertrophy block now, so it’s all about getting strong….so lots of gruelling sessions in the gym! Yes, it’s hard, but I’m slowly making the gains I need to make, and I’m excited about the impact it’ll have on my paddling. It’s only 6 weeks until we leave for the training camp in Bello, Brazil and before we know it, it’ll be time for the World Championships. It’s then only 1 month to go until Rio selections! So there’s no time for slacking, no time to have an ‘easy day’…every session counts!

277 days to go….and I intend to make good use of every single one of them!

It’s been tough trying to keep everything moving with Climbing Out while I’m so focused on training, but we’re in a great position as we move into 2016, with 5 programmes planned for next year all of which are already fully funded. We’ll be running 2 programmes for young people in recovery from cancer, 2 programmes for young Kidney patients and a new programme linking up with Meningitis Now working with young people recovering from Meningitis.

Thanks must go out to Carnegie Great Outdoors who are taking much of the workload off myself while I concentrate on training. Without their support it would’ve been difficult to keep everything running and it’s fantastic that at such a busy time we are managing to reach more young people than ever.

With Christmas just round the corner, we seem to be moving at a break neck speed into 2016 – but what an exciting 2016 it will hopefully be!

Shropshire Disability Network wishes to thank Kelda for her latest blog & wish her all the best. This is her 43rd blog for us, as she shares with us her journey to Rio 2016. We all want to thank her for her commitment & dedication by sharing her inspiring story. Looking forward to the next blog!


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