CANOEING star Robert Jeffries has been selected to join the Asda Athletes class of 2012.
The 19-year-old Huddersfield-born ace also recieved a £500 donation which he used to help fund the expensive discipline.
Having first stepped into a canoe eight years ago, Jeffries had an immediate affinity, displaying a natural flair to his keen canoeist father.
Already competing as far afield as Switzerland in the 2009 Junior World Championships, Jeffries is setting his sights on further competitions.
He was selected for the Asda scheme in recognition of his outstanding performances as one of the best emerging young talents in the UK.
Racing both nationally and internationally in down-river racing for the Great Britain junior squad, Jeffries recently made the step up to senior level and is looking to establish his place in the squad in time for next year’s World Championships.
While down-river racing is not an Olympic discipline, Jeffries also trains for flat water sprinting at both 200m and 1000m and would consider pursuing these further.
Jeffries will be taking part in the annual Yorkshire Da’ celebration on Wednesday, in-store at Asda Huddersfield.
The day will see him and a teammate race against each other in the foyer in a bid to raise funds to go towards his training costs and race entry fees.
Judith Alderman, Asda Huddersfield’s Community Life Champion said: “We hope that with our support we can help Robert enjoy a great 2012 and inspire other young people in Huddersfield to get active as well.”