Olympic Qualification – The next step
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My name is Andy Burns, I’m 29 years old and was born in Glasgow.
I’ve been doing Judo since I was 16 and have travelled the world to better myself and win medals all with the aim to compete at the Rio Olympics 2016 representing my country. My judo has always come first and has seen me working two or three jobs at a time to fund living in Japan to train, moving to Bath at 18 and then to Edinburgh most recently in preparation for the Commonwealth Games where I successfully won a bronze medal for Scotland.
In order to improve my world ranking I have to compete continually, winning medals and fighting the best in the world. This means travelling to the farthest corners of the world and in November I am doing just that; competing and training in Australia, Mauritius, Korea and Japan. Many will think it is a holiday but the reality is early mornings and late evenings due to endless hours of training. It is an opportunity of a lifetime that costs a lot of money.
I learnt a couple of years ago that as a full time athlete I am unable to work without it affecting my performance and so am reliant on private funding and sponsorship to realise my dream of competing at the Rio Olympics with no salary from Team GB. Therefore I need your help, whatever that may be, to fund my journey to Rio.
“I need you”
My flights have been paid for by two Glaswegian business men who have supported me for the past year and to them I am eternally grateful. However, my accommodation which consists of hostels and budget hotels will amount to £750 and then there are the other costs such as transport once I am there as well as food and drink to fuel my training.
I appreciate every penny of help and support I receive and thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope we can all work together to help me achieve my dream and prove to the kids of my estate in Glasgow that you really can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and there are people who want to help.
I won Bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. It was an honour to fight for my home country and win a medal for them, contributing to an extremely successful games for Scottish Judo.