Truro-born paddling prodigy Benji Cabrera wants to make the most of SportsAid’s Aldi-powered Next Generation program by developing as a person, writes Jonny Bray.
SportsAid supports over 1,000 young athletes each year by offering a financial reward to help cover training and competition costs while providing personal development opportunities for many athletes through workshop sessions.
Aldi is now working in partnership with SportsAid to support 20 young athletes on their journey to become future Olympians and Paralympians – including Moore – and help them eat like a champion.
The Truro and Penwith College student has already demonstrated his quality in canoeing, finishing first at the British Open National Championships in the Under-18 K4 5k.
The 18-year-old hopes the opportunities provided by Aldi’s SportsAid program will help prepare him for any challenges an athlete may face outside of sport.
“I think it will be helpful to develop as a person because at this age everyone can be a bit childish, but people have to realize that we are becoming adults,” Cabrera said, speaking after filming a new TV advertising campaign for Aldi, which is working with Team GB and ParalympicsGB on the Get Set to Eat Fresh programme, helping school children eat healthier and lead active lives.
.@AldiUK partners with SportsAid to support 2⃣0⃣ talented young athletes from across the country 🇬🇧
The cohort comes from 17 sports disciplines and will be involved in promoting the supermarket’s offer #GetSetToEatFresh program 🥦
— SportsAid (@TeamSportsAid) June 20, 2022
“Especially when a lot of people are watching you, you have to show that you are responsible.
“So many people don’t have that opportunity, and I think I just have to make the most of it and use it to develop myself.
“The SportsAid funding is going to help me with a lot of different things like expenses because traveling around the world is very expensive, and it can be quite difficult to get funding at that age.
“It will help me travel so I can train and compete with the best thing.”
Each year, athletes are nominated to SportsAid by the national governing bodies of over 60 sports on the basis of defined criteria.
Aldi-backed athletes will receive a £2,000 prize via SportsAid. Aldi will also support its 20 athletes with a £25 monthly voucher, to fuel them through training, competition and future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
After moving to Fowey River Canoe Club, Cabrera finished 9th in the under-18 category at the World Marathon Championships.
He added: “I’m in the transition phase, mostly driving myself in training and doing a lot myself at the moment.
“There are just a few things that I still rely on my parents for. Mom still makes my food.
“There’s certainly a huge range of sports available in Truro, and you’re surrounded by lots of people who know how to do watersports and are great athletes too.
“It’s really important that SportsAid continues to support young athletes as they often struggle to get funding, and when you live somewhere across the country it can be difficult to get to those selection races. crucial.”
Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB and has been a partner of Team GB since 2015, ParalympicsGB since 2022 and will support them until Paris 2024