World Champion athlete Kevin Burgess makes appeal for sponsorship to help preserve career
- Credit: Keith Newton
A world champion sprinter has appealed for sponsorship to help him continue his athletics career.
Fitness instructor Kevin Burgess, 60 of Hemsby, recently travelled to Daegu in South Korea to compete in the Masters Athletics Championships, and came away with gold in the 60m M60 event.
It was an achievement he described as 'one of the proudest moments of my life, only bettered by my wedding day and the births of my children'.
He said: 'It was an incredible experience - standing on the top of the podium with the national anthem playing was quite emotional, and a moment I will never forget.'
The father-of-two crowdfunded to finance his trip to the competition and said he received fantastic support, but does not wish to rely on this option in future.
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He is hoping to attract local business sponsorship, as he aims to also compete in championships in Denmark and Spain in the coming months.
He said: 'I immensely enjoy competing, but travel does not come cheap. It would be really nice to recruit some help from local businesses in the area, as without it, I may not be able to go to future championships.
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'Masters athletics, unlike elite and para athletics receives no funding, so I have to pay all my own travelling and accommodation expenses, as well as kit.'
Mr Burgess, who has claimed more than 30 medals in the last 20 years, is a member of Great Yarmouth Athletics Club, has competed in running since he was a child - though it was only once he left school that he came into his stride in the sport.
He said: 'I went to what was then Great Yarmouth Grammar School and if I'm honest, I was very average. However in later years I made improvements and in my early 30s became county champion at the 100m.
'All my lifetime best performances came after the age of 40, due to increased training and commitment - compared with my younger days.
'I suppose I've proved to myself that hard work and dedication pay off, and just because I wasn't good at something straight away, devoting yourself to something has its rewards. It would feel such a great shame to have to stop now.'
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