AN ATHLETE who appealed for funding to help him compete at this summer’s World Championships in Moscow is still hopeful of fulfilling his dream, despite receiving no financial support as of yet.
Crosby-based James Tartt, 28, is currently third in the top 50 of most improved athletes in the UK and is seeking sponsorship funds to help with the cost of realising his athletics dream.
Among the costs are a warm weather elite training camp in Portugal alongside top funded athletes such as David Devine and Johnny Mellor and to help out with fees associated with training such as physio, massage, maintenance and travel expenses.
Despite working as a full-time architectural designer, Tartt managed to reach last summer’s Olympic trials for the 1500m and narrowly missed out on the final. He regularly trains before work and will even do double sessions two or three times a week, which include evening track and gym sessions.
Speaking about his quest for funding, Tartt said: “With the recession, it’s just so difficult for businesses to raise money to sponsor people.
“I have contacted a few companies and I’m even willing to do stuff for charity such as mountain climbs in order to raise money.
“The funding affects your ability and I’m knocking on the door at the moment.”
Having competed for Southport Waterloo Athletics Club since the age of 10, Tartt has not set a deadline for when he wants to raise the money by as he aims to dedicate the next two to four years of his life to athletics.
He added: “I’m continually improving week by week and I’m sure at some point I will receive sponsorship. I believe I’m good enough now but it’s just so difficult due to the recession, however I will continue to try.”
At the moment, Tartt has got qualifying standard for the World Trials in the summer but he revealed he is after A and B standards in order to qualify.
He said: “Just to be able to do that you’re talking about competing with the best and to do that you have to train full-time, which I find difficult due to my job.”
Should he fail to make Moscow, Tartt has eyed next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as a possibility in his quest for success.
Friends and family have also set up a blog where people can donate and keep up with James’ progress.
To donate, visit jamestarttmoscow2013 .wordpress.com author/acrowley2012/