SHELLEY’S Jacob Stewart will fly out to the Philippines this month to represent Great Britain in two major martial arts World Championships.
The 16-year-old Eskrima champion has been generously backed to travel to the championships, by Ebor Asset Management LLP from Thornton, Bradford.
Although over 300 letters were sent to companies requesting sponsorship, the only reply Stewart received was a pledge of £25 which never arrived!
On hearing of his plight, Ebor stepped in with the offer to fully cover the costs for Stewart, who has shown remarkable tenacity to get to the top of his sport.
The Royds Hall student took five national gold medals in Eskrima, where people fight with 28in rattan sticks, and he has reached senior instructor grade despite suffering from dyspraxia (affecting co-ordination and speech).
Thanks to Ebor, he will now compete in Cebu City, and the company’s advising partner, David Dixon, said he couldn’t believe Stewart had not received backing.
“It’s outrageous,” he said. “He has shown such personal determination but still could not get any funding from the government, sports council or businesses.”