A BELLSHILL IT firm has unveiled a major sponsorship boost for two local sports stars aiming for success at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Badminton star Kirsty Gilmour, from Bothwell, and cyclist James McCallum, from Viewpark, are to benefit from a cash bonanza from the NVT Group, based at Righead Industrial Estate.
The firm, which employs 85 people at its Bellshill offices, was recently named as the provider of IT integration services for Glasgow 2014.
Now they want their success in landing that contract to help pave the way to medal glory for James, bronze medallist at the Melbourne games in 2006, and Kirsty.
NVT is co-funding the athletes in conjunction with Hamilton International Sports Trust, the organisations each providing them with £4,000 per year.
Managing director Stephen Park Brown, who has supported the Trust, founded in 1986, for more than 25 years said: “Hamilton International Sports Trust has raised and distributed finance since 1986 and has supported James and Kirsty for many years, including the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games where James won his bronze medal.
“Both athletes have responded exceptionally well to the support we’ve given them. They have been fine ambassadors for their sports and we are proud of them.”
Kirsty said she felt the support she received from NTV and HIST was invaluable to her.
She said: “The prospect of competing at Glasgow 2014 is really exciting and the support provided by NVT and HIST will go a long way to help with my preparations.
“It’s great that local organisations are there to help athletes from this area.”
And James added: “I owe a huge thanks to HIST who have supported me from the beginning of my career in cycling and still do.
“The recent additional support from NVT is a huge boost as I aim for my fourth Commonwealth Games.
“As a full-time athlete it can be hard to find the help and financial support to follow your dream. That is why this sort of backing is so important.”