Sports club's help will keep Ellie flying high for Winter Olympics
DERBYSHIRE'S Ellie Koyander has received a cash boost in her quest to qualify for a second Winter Olympics.
The 21-year-old moguls skier from Tideswell – who competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver – has been given a £500 donation from sports club Brampton Manor as she aims for a place at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
Brampton Manor is a member of sport and business initiative ICON, which is managed by Derbyshire Sport and helps to support up-and-coming athletes in the county.
"This support from Brampton Manor and ICON is a fantastic help and I am so grateful," said Koyander.
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"Competing in a winter sport like moguls skiing means that much of my training and competitions are abroad, making it very expensive.
"I do a lot of my own fundraising to allow me to travel and so this support is a fantastic help to me and my family. It is also great to have local backing and know that local people and organisations are behind me."
Brampton Manor group managing director Craig Lynch asked that part of his company's donation to ICON be passed directly to Koyander.
"We are really pleased to be able to help Ellie in this way," said Lynch.
"She is a very focused and determined athlete who trains hard and we hope that this contribution will really help to make a difference. We look forward to cheering Ellie on when she competes at the Winter Games in 2014."
Moguls is a form of freestyle skiing involving fast technical skiing and aerial jumps that are scored on timing and difficulty.
Last summer, Koyander shaved two seconds off her time and during the 2013 season she will compete in World Cup competitions as well as the Olympic test event and the World Championships in her bid to book a place at the 2014 Winter Games.