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British Paralympic Association and Hogan Lovells UK

Hogan Lovells is proud to be a Gold Partner of, and Official Legal Services Provider to, the British Paralympic Association.

In its first year, seven athletes from over 80 applicants were awarded bursaries of up to £2,000 in 2017:

• Rich Amos, Boccia

• James Barnes-Miller, Para Snowboard

• Ayaz Bhuta, Wheelchair Rugby

• Kelly Gallagher, Para Alpine Skiing

• Jodie Grinham, Para Archery

• Jack Daniel Peters, Para Alpine Skiing

• Leif Thobroe, Para Taekwondo

Seven athletes, each with aspirations for PyeongChang 2018, or Tokyo 2020, have been awarded one-off bursaries to help them gain a competitive edge.

Each recipient used the bursary across a range of essential activities to help them achieve their sporting goals and to reach their potential, from purchasing and replacing vital equipment to paying for travel to training camps and competitions. At the outset of their bursary year they shared the following with us:

Rich Amos


It has been identified that I need to increase my court time hours to help me get closer to the training regime expected when playing at the World Class Programme (WCP) level. The Hogan Lovells bursary will allow me to afford more time with my Sports Assistant, whom I directly employ, and my time at the training venue. With the needed increase in training I aim to secure my spot on the WCP, qualify and reach my goals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.


James Barnes-Miller


Thank you so much for the bursary it’s going to help me out massively. I used the bursary to get flights out to Finland and accommodation for three weeks whilst we were there. While we were there we had two weeks of training on a World Class boarder-cross course and a week of world cup races. This is vital and the best training we’ve had this year and has ensured I head to Pyeongchang with the best preparation possible.


Ayaz Bhuta

Wheelchair Rugby

I'm very grateful that Hogan Lovells granted me this bursary. It will help me maintain my wheelchair for the next few sessions. It takes a lot to keep a wheelchair running, especially in such a high contact sport. Things like wheelbearings, spindles and caster forks can get really expensive. I want to thank Hogan Lovells for providing me with such invaluable support and look forward to working with them.


Jack Daniel Peters


I've used the bursary to fund critical coaching in the lead up to the start of the 2017/18 World International Para-alpine Skiing - World Cup races, which kicked-off in Kuhtai, Austria on 20th December. These races are part of the GB selection and qualification process to get to the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Kelly Gallagher


I'm really delighted to be supported by Hogan Lovells in the lead up to the Winter Paralympics. I plan to use the bursary to cover some costs of the early season world cup races, in Austria. Good performances at these races will put my skiing partner, Gary Smith, and me in a better position for selection, so it's important to perform well and gain that extra race experience together in preparation for PyeongChang.


Jodie Grinham


Thanks to the bursary I am now able to update my equipment. Arrows will be first on my list. I am currently using two year old arrows which have served me well however buying new ones will give me the extra points I need to really get to the top of my sport. I can also purchase a new release aid and other archery kit I have been needing. It will also mean I can give back some of the equipment I have been borrowing from my fellow athletes. Having my own means I can adjust and set up my equipment to suit me. As each person is different this will have a massive impact. In a sport where your equipment is just as important as the athlete you need the best to be the best.


Leif Thobroe


The Hogan Lovells Para-Athlete Bursary will allow me to purchase essential training equipment to enable me to train at home, helping me increase the amount of training I'm able to do, which will hopefully make all the difference at competition time.

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