A sporting chance for GB Para-athletes with Hogan Lovells bursary launch

Building on the success of the athletic scholarship awarded to world champion sprinter Sophie Hahn MBE in 2016, the firm today launches the Hogan Lovells GB Para-athlete bursary to support aspiring Paralympians in the run-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games.

Aspiring Paralympians, recognised by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and their national governing body, who are actively competing in national and international competitions will be able to apply for one-off bursaries to help them with an aspect of their career development. This might include funding equipment or kit, travel expenses, additional coaching, and training support services. The maximum bursary award will be £3,000 per athlete.

Requests for non-financial support will also be considered under the bursary scheme, such as training on personal brand, relationship building, networking, and public speaking. Rio 2016 gold medallist Sophie Hahn benefitted from a bespoke programme of training and mentoring over a five month period ahead of the Games which included training on social and traditional media, and support and training from Hogan Lovells award winning personal development programmes.

Sophie praised Hogan Lovells for the support she received, commenting:

"I’m so fortunate to have received this support. I know how amazing Hogan Lovells are at training people and I have learnt so much."

The bursary launch follows the announcement in November 2016 that Hogan Lovells will remain in the role of Official Legal Services Provider to the BPA through to Tokyo 2020. A long-standing relationship between the two organisations has existed since before Beijing 2008. Throughout this period, Hogan Lovells provided the BPA with legal advice, secondments (including in-Games legal support) and volunteers across a number of areas, supporting ParalympicsGB to achieve historic performances at London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.

In addition to supporting Sophie Hahn MBE, and Hogan Lovells ambassador and Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion swimmer Ollie Hynd MBE, the firm also provides pro bono legal advice to clients including British ParaSnowSport, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation, UK Boccia Federation and the International Boccia Federation.

Nicholas Cheffings, Hogan Lovells Chair, said:

"It was hugely rewarding seeing Ollie and Sophie in action in Rio and knowing that we had helped contribute to their success. We realised we wanted to and could do more, a catalyst for the Hogan Lovells GB Para-athlete bursary".

Tim Hollingsworth OBE, Chief Executive of the BPA, added:

“The BPA’s relationship with Hogan Lovells is longstanding and very important to our continued success and I am delighted that we can expect the same support through until Tokyo 2020. That they are now extending this support to include their Para-athlete bursary is typical of their support - they are very much part of the Paralympic family here in the UK."

Athletes can apply here: http://hoganlovells.com/paralympicsgb. The deadline for 2017 bursary applications (covering the period 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018) is 25 August 2017.




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