Dawson receives funding

Paratriathlete Iain Dawson has received funding from Mars Refuel

Iain Dawson from New Buckenham in Norfolk is celebratingafter receiving a £500 donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund.

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Iain, who’s visually impaired and competes using a guide, has been competing in triathlons for the last two years.

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Iain started as a keen cyclist, but soon developed a passion for duathlons and triathlons. He currently trains everyday as he works towards the duathlon world championships in Spain and ultimately for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Iain says: “As a visually impaired paratriathlete I compete with a guide athlete and need to cover the costs for him to attend events with me, as well as covering all my own equipment and training expenses.

"With this donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund we can afford to attend the key triathlon and duathlon events together. This will be a great boost to me as it means I can aim to retain the National, European and World Championships I won in 2010 and train and compete longer. A big thank you goes out to MARS Refuel.”

Research undertaken by MARS Refuel earlier this year revealed that almost a quarter of people feel that they don’t have enough money to start participating in sport, or to keep that involvement going.

The MARS Refuel Drink Fund was created to help people overcome the financial barriers and to play sport for longer by offering £500 awards to teams and individuals.

The MARS Refuel Drink Fund, which runs until September 30 2011, has £5,000 to donate each month.

Applications can be made online at www.marsrefuel.com