NRL Limited’s Wigan recruitment branch have teamed up with Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI) to support Paralympic Games hopeful Jonathan Bates’ training.
A member of the National Disability Shooting Great Britain squad, Jonathan is hoping to secure a place on the International team in trials this month that could see him realise his dream of representing his company in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the 10m Rifle Target Shooting event.
The sporting hopeful first caught NRL’s interest when visiting former colleagues on HZI’s Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 site, a construction project creating a new power station in West Yorkshire where NRL have an on-site office.
Bates was a construction worker by trade before an unfortunate motorbike accident left him wheelchair bound. Taking to shooting during his rehabilitation as something to focus on, the amateur athlete quickly caught the attention of Team GB coaches and was offered a place on the talent and development programme.
With the team seeing a significant cut in funding however, Jonathan will need to financially support his training and competitions if he stands any chance of working towards his Tokyo 2020 ambition. With many Ferrybridge friends on-site wanting to help support the ambitious athlete, HZI kindly donated funds for much needed new equipment. NRL were only too happy to join forces in support, providing an additional £850 donation to help with competitions.
NRL Wigan Branch Director Greg Compton said:
“The NRL team were touched by the support Ferrybridge workers have shown Jonathan as he continues to work hard towards realising his dream to reach Tokyo 2020, so were only too happy to provide financial support to help with his training.
We’re looking forward to watching his progress, and wish him the very best of luck in his International team trials later this month, something I know he has been working tirelessly towards.”
As well as an extensive list of equipment Bates needs to compete, he also has to self-fund travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs – including heading to the Disability Shooting Great Britain’s facility in Stoke Mandeville for monthly training sessions, costing £300 for each trip alone.
Not fazed by these obstacles however, Bates is strong-minded and determined and is actively looking for sponsorship and funding to support his training.
If you’d like to help his cause you can visit his Go Fund Me page.