Jake Cochrane's canoe career ambitions given crucial funding boost
Canoeist Jake Cochrane has been awarded desperately-needed funds to help cover costs of his entrance into the 2014 British Open and his upcoming Irish Selection races.
The Rainbow Communications Sports Award, in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust, will ease some financial pressure off the 19-year-old from Jordanstown and allow him to concentrate on developing his skills.
The delighted Cochrane, who started kayaking when he was 14-years-old, said: "In September I moved to Nottingham to enable me to train on the National White Water Course. I train twice a day, six days a week and this is mostly spent on the white water course with three sessions in the gym.
"At the British Open earlier this month, I finished 35th in the C1 class and considering there was a lot of international paddlers there and it was on one of the hardest courses in the world, I was happy.
"I am currently training for the Irish Selection race which is my next big competition and I am aiming to make the Irish team at this race and if I do, I then hope to be competing at the 2015 Under-23 European Championships and hopefully the 2015 Senior World Championships.
"My long term goals are to keep improving and get good enough to be competing at the top of my sport and ideally get on the podium at the European and World Championships and then one day to compete in the Olympic Games."