Partner content: Thirty young athletes, represented and supported by SportsAid, who are hoping to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be given the chance to utilise GSK Human Performance Lab's world class facilities for a one day assessment event.
The aspiring athletes, aged between sixteen and twenty years old, will undergo a series of evaluations using Human Performance Lab's science facilities. The tests will include cognitive testing, strength, power and body composition assessments and a further examination will be carried out in an environmental chamber matching the typical heat of Tokyo. The athlete's coaches will then be provided with the data in order to assist with future training and competition programs.
The SportsAid charity supports the future generations of British athletes through recognising their ambitions and achievements. Ever since the charity was established in 1976, it has helped numerous sportsmen and women including members of the British London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic team, alongside over four hundred and fifty British athletes who entered the Glasgow 2014 games.
Athletes who are supported by the charity are typically young, aged between twelve and eighteen, and include some of the UK's best sporting talent. SportsAid offers financial support to help cover essentials such as travel, training, accommodation, equipment and competition fees. The charity also holds workshops which provides non-financial support too.
The Duchess of Cambridge, the Patron of SportsAid, will be attending the event to meet the young athletes. The Duchess has been a patron of the charity since 2013; reflecting her passion for sport and supporting charity, which in turn is helping bring about the very best of British sporting talent.