The One With Ayla's Ambition

by Ayla Tonkin in Swindon, Swindon, United Kingdom

The One With Ayla's Ambition

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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st October 2021 at 6:53pm

British Biathlon Championships 2022, on the way to Milan Winter Olympics 2026

by Ayla Tonkin in Swindon, Swindon, United Kingdom

About Me...

My name is Ayla and I'm a 17yr old student from Swindon, currently studying A levels, with big dreams in sport. Sport has been my passion since the day I was born (alongside baking, performing arts and Taylor Swift of course ;) ) and this is about turning my lifelong Olympic dreams into reality...

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The Story So Far...

Sebastian Coe said that “Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else.”  Biathlon, as in the winter sport which consists of shooting and cross-country skiing, brings people together more than most, for its beautiful brutality is collectively recognised, creating a unique biathlon tribe. The utmost respect between athletes of every level for partaking in such a tough event is certainly not limited by national borders. And it plays to my strengths. My passion for excellence so far has taken me to national cross-country finals, being Wiltshire champion for steeple chase and the south west regional development squad for cycling.  Everything came together though earlier this year when I discovered biathlon and it turns out that THIS is my sport. I have been selected for the national development programme with the Winter Olympics 2026 in Milan as the ultimate goal, and performing well at the British Championships in January as the current focus.

The Fundraising...

As you will have seen from the story of Team GB's Beth Shriever, winning gold in BMX this summer, minority sports are not well funded.  In order for me to continue further I am looking for support to purchase a gun (essential kit!) and to attend two training camps this year in order to get some development time skiing on snow, to add to my regular training on roller skis.  Each camp is £1000 and the gun is £3000.  Other costs (equipment, clothing, physio) I am covering by working as a lifeguard around my school work and training.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Social Media Shoutout

A big thank you shout out on all my social media pages

£10 or more

5 of 50 claimed

£10 Your Name On My Limited Edition Hoodie

For £10 you can go everywhere I go, in name at least, as your name achieves permanence on the back of my training hoodie!

£15 or more

£15 Regular Updates

Regular updates on my biathlon journey. Plus a shout out on all my social media

£30 or more

1 of 30 claimed

£30 Box of 6 handmade cupcakes

In my downtime I love to bake. So if you live locally to me (Swindon) then I would love to bake a box of beautifully decorated cupcakes for you to enjoy as a thank you.

£50 or more

£50 Monthly Healthy Recipe to try out

In my downtime I love to experiment with great tasting healthy eating recipes which I would love to share with you!

£100 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£100 Visit me at rollerski training

Join me in Bath and watch me as I am put through my paces on my rollerskis. And at the end we can chat and share whatever healthy snack that I have made for the occasion! Afterwards I will give you regular updates on my biathlon journey. Plus a shout out on all my social media.

£500 or more

£500 Brand Ambassador

I keep my social media regularly updated, which is then reposted by linked followers such as British Biathlon, ensuring a wide audience. I would be delighted to be your Brand Ambassador, tagging you in all of my posts, ensuring that your logo is on as much of my kit as is appropriate and a large version on the front of my hoodie. And, obviously, regular updates on my biathlon journey.

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