Market Deeping triathlete Abi Schofield (24) can train for this summer’s European Sprint Triathlon Championships knowing that two businesses are behind her.
Nene Valley Harrier Abi is an ambassador for Rutland Sports of Bourne, helping the shop in stocking running wear for people of all abilities.
Abi has also secured financial backing from St Petersburg Russian Restaurant, Peterborough, to help with accomodation, travel and equipment costs for July’s championships in Geneva, Switzerland.
Abi said: “I’m going to Geneva to get some experience and learn from people because I’ve only been a triathlete since May 2014.
“I also want to support local shops and I’m helping Rutland Sports in kitting out the shop with better running supplies.
“It’s important for people in the community to be able to access high-level sportswear and, in return, the shop has agreed to sponsor me with some kit.”
Hedley Stroud of Rutland Sports said: ”As a small, independent sports retailer, we look at different ways to promote and develop the business which is meaningful to the community where we operate.
“We were very impressed by Abi’s determination to succeed in what is one of the ultimate athletics events and to qualify for the European Championships is a fantastic achievement.
“So we felt that Abi should be supported to give her every chance of doing well and flying the local flag on an international stage.”