He is still a teenager - and also relatively new to the world of winter sports - but Justin Taylor-Tipton is a man on a mission, hell-bent on following in the footsteps of Lizzy Yarnold and Amy Williams by one day medalling for Team GB at an Olympic Games.
The Kirk Hallam Community Academy pupil’s hopes of reaching the pinnacle of his sport have been considerably boosted in recent weeks after he was handpicked to join a fast-track scheme to sporting excellence, following his positive start to life in the world of freestyle skiing.
He will now be assisted by The Nottingham Building Society and SportsAid, who identify and then fund athletes with grants of £750 towards equipment and competition costs and also provide expert tuition and guidance from a raft of former Olympians.
The 16-year-old will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Olympian Mo Farah who was also recognised with SportsAid funding. “I’m really happy to have been selected by SportsAid and The Nottingham Building Society because the money really helps to progress my skiing,” said Taylor-Tipton. “It allows me to fly abroad so I can ski big jumps, and that is really expensive. I’m really grateful for their support. If I didn’t receive their support, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”
Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray teamed up with SportsAid in 2013 to help future sports stars get their time to shine. Visit thenottingham.com to find out more.