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Local Sponsorship Secured for Olympic Hopeful


19 year old Aaron Rickhuss, from Kingsbridge has secured sponsorship from two local com- panies as he heads off to compete at the Olympic swimming trials in March. this follows a fantastic year in which Aaron won gold at the na- tional championships and silver at the Commonwealth Youth games. Aaron is following in his late father’s footsteps, Mark, who was himself a national swimming


champion. Mark passed away when Aaron was just 12, the same time that he joined Kingsbridge Kingfishers. His rise to the top is certainly something that would have made his father proud. His coach, Jon rudd, expects Aaron to continue progressing, saying that his key competitions will be the Commonwealth games in Scotland in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic games in rio, however the possibility of him being selected for london 2012 has not been ruled out and remains his immediate goal. Aaron’s gruelling training schedule; swimming 20 hours a week with additional extensive land and gym sessions, has meant that Aaron has depended upon his family and friends for funding as accommodation, food, transport and kit equate to £18,000 per year. His mum, Jo said “quite simply without the incredible support of friends and family all this may not be possible. the financial burden is a constant worry and we have tried to attract local business to assist and i am now delighted to say we have achieved help and i know that Aaron is now one step closer to realising his potential”. WHK Services of Dartmouth and Toad Hall Cottages of Kingsbridge are the first companies to have formerly pledged to sponsor Aaron financially as well as offering marketing/ profile backup for him. wHK Services have also provided him with work within their company that will fit around his training schedule and competitions. Jo said, “this support is fantastic for Aaron as he now has the backing of two highly regarded local companies and this helps him concentrate completely on his swimming, and not have to worry about the financial pressure he feels he puts on his family. All of which contribute to Aarons positive outlook”. paul wright, Director of wHK Services said “to be able to provide support to someone local in the community like Aaron and his family brings its own rewards and we all at wHK very much hope that he is now able to concentrate solely on the swimming and realise his potential” David Hanmer, Director of toad Hall Cottages commented,


“we are delighted to be part of Aaron’s rise and wish him every success in 2012”.


Aaron can be followed on Facebook via wHK Services at


www.facebook.com/wHKDartmouth in order to provide continued support and help for Aaron


it is planned to hold 2 charity styled events in 2012 in both Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Further dates and details will be published in due course. Should there be anyone who would like to help Aaron by way of a donation please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jan thomas-gourd at jan. thomasgourd@btinternet.com good luck Aaron!.....


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