Tessa Sanderson launches search for Olympic champions in the Midlands

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tessaThe Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy (TSFA) already supports 77 youngsters of exceptional potential in London and the South East.

Now the 1984 Olympic javelin champion aims to do the same in her native West Midlands. She hosted the launch event in her home town, Wolverhampton today.

Local school head teachers, sports and youth club leaders, councillors and local Members of Parliament have been invited to the event which will be presented by Tessa Sanderson. She will also be available for media interviews on the day.

Tessa Sanderson said: “I am a proud Midlander myself and I know that there is no shortage of talent to be discovered here – just a shortage of support to help realise that talent and to give these young people the same chance that I was so fortunate to have been able to take.

“The TSFA provides access to experienced and specialist sports coaches, financial help to purchase proper equipment and travel costs to training and competitions.

“Many of our young people have become county champions and national titleholders in their age group.

“We believe that within our current Academy there are several youngsters capable of reaching Olympic and Paralympic level and I am excited to extend that opportunity to young people of talent, drive and ambition in the Midlands.”

The Foundation also has plans to renovate and redevelop the listed Heath Town Baths building in Wolverhampton from its former status as a swimming pool into a state-of-the-art sports centre catering for all sections of the local community. It is hoped that this will become the Midlands hub of the Academy.

5th March 2014

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