Lisa receives £5,000 grant to help training

MONTROSE squash player Lisa Aitken is among the Scottish athletes to benefit from individual sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs).

Lisa has been presented with £5,000, having been included in a list of 62 Scottish high performance athletes with the potential to deliver a podium finish at the Glasgow and Sochi Games.

Two other Scottish squash players, Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch, also receive £5,000.

The announcement was made by Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, and sportscotland chair Louise Martin CBE, and sportscotland Director of High Performance Mike Whittingham at a media conference at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

The sum of £396,917 has been allocated to 15 sports in the second round of three SAPA announcements, which is a significant increase from the first investment of £204,000 and 13 sports, revealed during financial year 2011/12.

When the third and final round of SAPAs is announced at a later date, sportscotland will have invested over £1 million and supported well over 100 high performance athletes with this initiative.

So far, with a further round to go, £600,917 has been invested in the SAPAs, which have benefited athletes such as Commonwealth Games medallists athletics’ Eilidh Child, shooter Jennifer McIntosh, and weightlifter Peter Kirkbride.

Within the second year’s investment, badminton and cycling have also received team medal support awards of £30,000 and £40,000 respectively. Hockey will also be supported through a team award.

There are three Winter Olympic hopefuls receiving awards; cross country skiers Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young plus snowboarder Ben Kilner.

Shona Robison said: “The sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards can make the difference to our athletes vying for a place on the podium, and it’s great to see the prospects of 62 individual Scottish athletes plus those involved in the sports receiving team awards being significantly boosted.

“We are now approaching the business end of the athletes’ preparations and all the work they are doing with the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and the world-class support they are receiving from the sportscotland institute of sport coaches, scientists, and experts has ensured that Team Scotland’s athletes will be the best prepared going into a Commonwealth Games.”

The awards are from the sportscotland Lottery Fund and additional investment from the Scottish Government. Awards help the athletes cover training, competition, and living costs. Additional support in these areas can be invaluable for athletes striving for Commonwealth or Olympic success.