A ROWER from Dart Totnes is appealing for help to continue her fledgling career while at university – with a place at the Olympics her goal.
Emma Reiser is off to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, starting this autumn.
Having already represented Great Britain at junior level, she has already secured a place rowing at the University of London Boat Club, one of the best clubs in the country.
But she estimates that continuing to compete in regattas across the country will cost her an extra £3,000 per year on top of her stretched student budget – and is appealing for help.
"Now I have achieved the grades I need, I have been looking forward to it immensely and cannot wait to start training with a team and studying what I love," she said.
"I am aiming to trial for the U23's GB Team this year as I enjoyed representing Team GB so much at junior level.
"Over the next three years I am looking to work my way towards making the team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio."
Having helped Dart Totnes ARC to success in the West of England Regatta Series, Emma believes she can follow in the footsteps of club hero Bill Lucas and gain a place in the Olympic team, fulfilling a life-long ambition in the process.
"I remember watching the Sydney Olympics when I was six and thinking one day that will be me," she said.
"I have dreamed of the competing at the Olympics ever since although before I started rowing I always thought it would be swimming.
"I have done and enjoyed many sports but none have I been passionate about like I am with rowing.
"I am looking for sponsorship to help me while I am university as although entry fees are paid, I will not be able to afford travel expenses and food may be challenging too as my loan barely covers my accommodation (which is one of the cheapest ones too!).
"I will need a minimum of £3,000 to cover a reasonable amount of the costs but any help at all towards it would be very gratefully received.
"I have already represented GB twice at junior level and have won a silver medal at National Championships among other things.
"I would love to carry on racing and competing at local events right through to international ones and so far my coach, Will Hawkyard, at Dart Totnes has made that possible for me.
"He has given a huge amount of time for me and driven all over the country for races and trials and I would not have been able to make it anywhere near as far as I did without him."
To help Emma, contact her on 07513 014707