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Young Olympic Hopeful Receives Sponsorship

XMA Ltd has become the main sponsor for Josh Brown, Team GB Youth Olympian and member of the UK National Figure Skating squad.

Josh, 16 and a member of the National Ice Centre (NIC) Academy for over 8 years, lives in West Bridgford, attends Rushcliffe School and has been representing his country in international competitions since the age of 11, culminating in him being the male Team GB skater at the European Youth OIympics earlier this year and more recently, achieving Gold at the British Figure Skating Championships.

Jamie Marshall-Watt, Marketing Director of XMA commented;

“We are honoured to be able to support Josh in his career and we see it as a very natural fit for our business. Josh is clearly a very driven, dedicated and talented individual who sets exceptionally high standards and in many ways reflects those attributes that we as a business offer to our clients. He is also incredibly proud to be British and to represent his country and as a 100% privately owned British company we feel a great synergy with those beliefs.”

The sponsorship programme will afford Josh and his coaching team, led by Gurgen Vardanjan – Director of Skating at the National Ice Centre, greater opportunities to compete abroad and to continue to test and develop Josh’s skills against the very best skaters in the world.

Gurgen said;

“This sponsorship could not have come at a better time for Josh. Figure skating in the UK is relatively a minority sport, albeit Nottingham has a proud Olympic history with the likes of Torvill and Dean. However, some 32 years on from their golden moment the UK needs to re-assert itself on the world stage and it is only through private sponsorship, such as this, that talented athletes like Josh can be given the opportunity to succeed.”

Josh trains twice a day, six days a week at the NIC where Chief Executive Geoff Huckstep commented, “We’re extremely proud of Josh as he is a great ambassador for the NIC and we are only too pleased to support him and XMA in this initiative.”

When asked his thoughts Josh said; 

“I am extremely appreciative of the support Jamie, XMA and the NIC have offered to me and I hope that I can make both them and the whole of Nottingham proud in the years to come. 2015 has been a crazy year, starting with the Olympics in January, which was unlike any other event I have been to previously and as a solo skater to be part of a larger team was great.

"I am now in my final GCSE year, so work pressures are a little greater but I have a fantastically supportive school which has never been needed more so than in recent months as I had a competition schedule with 6 events over 14 weeks, 4 of them abroad, so their help has been invaluable. Gurgen and I are already planning for 2016, especially post GCSE’s, so I know I have a tough time ahead but it’s exciting all the same and with the continued support of all those people behind me I genuinely believe I can put British figure skating back on the international sporting map.”

Published 15th December 2015