Canopies UK is proud to announce a sponsorship deal with Blythe Fourie, an extremely talented young triathlete from Wilpshire near Blackburn who hopes to follow in the footsteps of Non Stanford and Vicky Holland representing Great Britain at the 2024 Olympic Games.
The 16-year-old recently raced for Team GB at the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Spain, winning Gold in the 16-19 amateur age group category.
It’s been a rapid rise for Blythe, who only started competing in triathlons about two-and-a-half years ago, when she was challenged by her uncle to race in a triathlon at Eton Dorney. Not only did she enjoy taking part, but she came second in her age group and beat her brother, dad and uncle.
After experiencing that early success and with the support of her friends and family, she was encouraged to take the sport seriously. She asked for a bike for her next birthday, joined Clitheroe Dolphins swimming club so she could learn to swim properly, and sought the help of local Level 3 triathlon coach Rodger Wilkins and his company Racepace.
The next step was for Blythe to enter the Northwest Triathlon Series, which she won in her first season, finishing first in all eight races and scoring the highest possible total of 800 points.
But even with all that talent, Blythe needs support to achieve her dream of representing Team GB at the 2024 Olympics. That’s why she wrote to Canopies UK after meeting our Marketing Manager Rob Cassidy – another keen triathlete – at a local triathlon training session.
“We’re proud to be from Blackburn and wanted to do our bit for this talented young athlete, so we agreed to help her out with the various costs of training and competing, such as travel expenditure, sports fees and kit,” said Robert Cassidy.
Jason Eastwood, Managing Director at Canopies UK, said: “I really like the idea of giving something back to the local community, and it did not take long for us to say ‘yes’ and agree to sponsor Blythe. Her long-term goal is to represent Team GB at the 2024 Olympics and we want to be part of that journey.”
Speaking after Blythe’s success at the World Duathlon Championships, Jason added: “I am extremely happy for Blythe and proud to be associated with her. To bring home a Gold medal, and at an age where she was one of the youngest competing, is a real achievement and one that she and her family should be immensely proud of.”