Nine Athletes Join the Picky Sponsorship Programme

Friday, July 26, 2019

Managing Director of The Pickaquoy Centre, James Linklater, with six of the Picky Sponsorship Programme recipients. Missing from the photo is William Sichel, Erica Clarkson and Mia McAllister. 

The Pickaquoy Centre Trust is delighted to introduce the athletes that have been selected to join the Picky Sponsorship Programme.

The nine recipients are:

• Colin Barnett – Ultra-running
• Erica Clarkson – Ultra-running
• Erika Marwick – Athletics
• Mia McAllister - Swimming
• Rebecca Reid – Badminton
• William Sichel – Ultra-running
• Taylah Spence – Athletics
• Tegan Spence – Athletics
• Maggie Tait – Fencing

The programme awards selected athletes an ActiveLife membership for 12 months, giving them unlimited access to The Pickaquoy Centre and all 11 Council owned leisure facilities across the islands.

James Linklater, Managing Director of The Pickaquoy Centre, said: “We are delighted to have these nine athletes join the programme. They have each demonstrated dedication and commitment to their chosen sport - with five of the athletes having competed recently at the Island Games in Gibraltar.

“We are looking forward to working with them throughout the year, and will be releasing blogs that outline their achievements and give an insight into the hard work which goes into their success. Each individual has accomplished a great deal already and we are proud that we may be able to play a small part in them reaching their future goals.”

Taylah Spence, who recently won a silver medal in the 200m race and was part of the silver medal winning women’s 4 x 400 relay team at the Island Games this year, said: “I am thrilled to be part of the Picky Sponsorship Programme. I use the facilities at Picky daily for my training and now that I’m back from Gibraltar, I can’t wait to continue training there to try and take it to the next level regarding my personal athletics goals. My focus now is the Scottish Championships in August down in Grangemouth.”

Maggie Tait, who’s represented Scotland and Great Britain at a number of competitions throughout her career, said: “I’ve used the Picky Centre for many years for training and am a big advocate of cross training. Having access to the gym and classes is great for building my strength which allows me to compete at a higher level. Picky is a fantastic facility and I am delighted to be a part of the sponsorship programme.”

Follow the Pickaquoy Centre social media channels for updates and blogs following the nine recipients.