Simon Bailes Peugeot has announced it is supporting a multi-medal winning Stockton-On-Tees rower in her bid for Olympic success.
Beth Bryan, 23, a member of the GB Rowing Team and former Tees Valley Rowing Club member, is now based at Henley-On-Thames where she trains.
Simon Bailes is providing Beth with a car for the next three years in the run up to Olympic qualification and the 2020 Tokyo Games. Beth trains full time, including three sessions a day over six days a week, and travels all around the country, and internationally, to train and compete.
Since starting rowing while attending Egglescliffe School in Yarm, Beth has won many medals, including Bronze at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida in 2017.
Over the next few years, more success on the world stage and qualifying the squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are in Beth’s sights.
Beth said: “My absolute dream is to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and do Team GB proud and this would not be possible without the help of businesses like Simon Bailes. I am so grateful and will be looking to give something back by helping and supporting other young people, which I know is something Simon himself is very keen on.
“I approached Simon Bailes because I know that he has a fantastic ethos of supporting the local community, whether it is grass roots sport, community events or charities. I felt that we could work together because it is really important to me that I use my successes to help inspire and motivate youngsters, whether it is to get involved in sport or to make the most of the opportunities that come their way.
“Although I am now based in the South to support my training, I am a proud Teessider and I am looking forward to meeting, and hopefully helping, young people from across the area.”
Simon Bailes said: “It’s very important to the business that we support young people in our community, whether they are aiming for the Olympic Games or just need a helping hand to reach and achieve their full potential.
“Beth is the 3rd Olympian we have sponsored, and they all have fantastic mentalities and understand the value of hard work. This inspires others they come into contact with and I hope with Beth we can harness this to make a real difference to young people in our communities.
“It’s very important that local businesses back the young sporting talent within their local areas and we wanted to support Beth, who has all the qualities needed to succeed at the highest level. If we can make her road to Tokyo a little easier we are delighted to do so. Her success so far has been tremendous and we will be following her career closely and cheering her all the way as part of Team GB.”
Beth’s international achievements are:
- BRONZE at World Championships in Women’s Quadruple Scull, Sarasota, Florida 2017
- BRONZE at European Championships in Women’s Quadruple Scull, Racice, Czech Republic 2017
- BRONZE in the Women’s Eight at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Plovdiv Bulgaria, July 2015
- SILVER in the Women’s Eight at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Linz Austria July 2013
- GOLD in the Women’s four representing Team GB at the Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney Australia January 2013
- BRONZE in the Women’s eight representing Team GB at the Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney Australia January 2013