Watnall fencing star Owen Jordan has been selected to represent England at the Cadet Fencing Commonwealth Games in South Africa in July.
The 16-year-old has enjoyed widespread success on the national and international circuit as he continues to make a name for himself in the fencing world.
He ended the 2013/14 season ranked number one in the U17 (cadet) age group and competed at both the 2014 European Championships in Jerusalem and the the World Championships in Bulgaria.
Jordan also secured a place on the prestigious British Fencing Talent Pathway, which sees him train in London on a monthly basis with the aim of reaching the Olympic Games, and also won the U17 Leon Paul competition.
He has also qualified to represent Great Britain in three upcoming international competitions in Bonn, Bratislava and Copenhagen.
Mum Clare said: “It’s been a busy time for Owen who wants to pursue his fencing to the highest level and aim for the Olympics, maybe in 2024.
“He is about to take his GCSEs and has secured a place on a part-time sports course at Derby College which will allow him to train the rest of the time, possibly in London.”
Owen is currently seeking sponsorship to help cover the costs of travelling far and wide and also to allow his family to travel and support him.
Clare added: “There is no sponsorship or funding available which means it gets very expensive given each international trip costs around £600. The Commonwealth Games trip will be even more expensive.
“The costs involved mean it’s often impossible for any of us to go out and support him too, so we’re really keen to get him some financial support as he continues to do really well.”
Anyone interested in finding out more or who wishes to sponsor Owen Jordan can contact his mum Clare by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.