Sports crowdfunding answer to Deary’s training funding woes
TRIATHLETE Emma Deary recently raised nearly £4,000 to fund her training and travel costs for the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago and next year’s European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon.
The Bishop’s Stortford athlete did this through sports crowdfunding with Pledge Sports and, in her thank you message to her 55 supporters and sponsors, she explained why she chose this new sports funding mechanism.
“One Saturday morning, after swimming at the lake and whilst munching away on a bacon sandwich and sipping a cup of tea, the discussion of all the costs that competing in triathlons entails, came up,” she said on emmadearytri.com. “A fellow triathlete recommended setting up a sports crowdfunding campaign, which I then looked into and decided why not?
“One month later I am completely overwhelmed by the support I have received from friends, family, colleagues and companies I work with. I managed to raise 125% of my target!
“Raising this money means that I can remain focussed on the run up to the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago and have a really strong winter training. It has also set me up well for the costs of racing at the 2016 European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon.
“55 people supported my campaign, all of which I have personally thanked. However, I would specifically like to thank again the following companies for their generous pledges: Eddie Stobart, George Killoughery Ltd, Bis-Henderson and Volker Fitzpatrick.”
Since her successful crowdfunding campaign, Deary has competed in two triathlons, finishing second and first, and has secured a position as ambassador for Profile Protein.
She added: “I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. I have two races left, one of which is a training race at the Hertfordshire Triathlon Championships and the other, the small matter of the World Championships in Chicago in four weeks time!