Olympic Gold Medallist Hopes to Make a Million for the GLL Sport Foundation
Boxer Anthony Joshua - who won a gold medal at this summer’s London Olympics, will be appearing in a special charity edition of Channel 4’s primetime show ‘The Million Pound Drop’ and has chosen the GLL Sport Foundation as one of his two nominated charities to receive any winnings.
Anthony, from Golders Green, was supported by the GLL Sport Foundation before his Olympic success, as part of their programme to help talented young sports people reach their sporting potential. Anthony became an ambassador for the Foundation at the start of 2012 to help spread inspiration to the other 1,000 young athletes who receive support and to show the positive impact sport can have on individuals and local communities. His rise to Olympic glory has been spectacularly rapid; Anthony only started boxing four years ago at the age of 18yrs, following a chance visit to a local gym with his cousin.
He will be appearing on the show this Saturday 13th October alongside his Royal equestrian partner, Zara Phillips - who won a team silver medal at this summer’s Games.
Commenting on Anthony’s ‘Million Pound Drop’ funding pledge, Peter Bundey, Chairman of the GLL Sport Foundation said: "Anthony is both a great ambassador for the GLL Sport Foundation and also his sport of boxing. Following an outstanding performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games, it is wonderful to see that Anthony has already taken steps to give something back to sport and local young people. Like many talented young athletes he struggled on his sporting journey to fund both training and equipment costs and we were delighted to be part of a support network that helped him fulfil his potential. It is a real testimony to Anthony, that now he’s in a position to support other young sportspeople he has jumped at the chance. It is truly inspirational for us to receive this offer of assistance and it will have a huge positive impact on the young talent we try to help. We are all keeping our fingers firmly crossed!"
GSF was launched by charitable social enterprise GLL, in 2008. Since then the Foundation has supported over 3,800 young athletes across 60 Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sports with training grants worth over £2million. A further 1,150 young sportsmen and women will be supported during 2013. The GLL Sport Foundation has been working in partnership with the national charity SportsAid each year to ensure that funding links into national sport talent programmes. At the start of 2012 GLL was awarded the 10 year legacy management contract for the Copper Box and Aquatics Centre at the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.