Digicel Bermuda will be sponsoring two-time Olympic swimmer Roy-Allan Burch to the tune of $7,200 per year leading up to the 2016 Olympics.
Burch was on hand for the announcement at the National Aquatic Centre today with family members, Sport Minister Wayne Scott and members of Digicel Bermuda.
Members of the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) and the Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) were also in attendance.
The proceedings were capped off by a four-person team that comprised of three Digicel employees, and anchored by Minister Scott, competing against Burch. The Olympian won.
Also among the festivities yesterday was a 25-metre race between Minister Scott and Digicel CEO Wayne Caines, a result that went in the Minister’s favour.
“It is an honour to become a part of the Digicel team,” said Burch. “It’s an amazing feeling to get support from such a strong company.
“Receiving solid support is a major factor in my success and I am very happy that Digicel has joined with me in my journey to the Rio Olympic Games.”
The money given to the Burch will go towards his air travel, food and accommodations in his bid to qualify for the Games.
Last year, Burch finished 24th overall in 50 metres freestyle at the London Games and broke the Bermuda national record with a time of 22.49 seconds. Earlier this year Burch competed in the World Championships held in Barcelona where he set a new Bermuda national record of 50.66 seconds in 100 metres freestyle.
“We are privileged to have this opportunity to support an athlete who has displayed extraordinary talent and skill in the sport of swimming, says Caines. “Often, we look abroad for sources of inspiration. It’s refreshing to be inspired by a young Bermudian focused on growth and success in a sport that offers both personal advancement as well as promotes Bermuda’s mark in the sport internationally.”
Shane Mora, Marketing Director of Digicel Bermuda, added: “Olympian Roy-Allan Burch defines dedication. This is a young man who moved to North Carolina to develop his swimming career and trains hard in pursuit of his dream, yet still finds time to work with young swimmers. We are happy to give him this push and look forward to sharing in his success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”