Olivia Breen funding

Sky Sports Scholarships - Paralympic sprinter Olivia Breen delighted by continued funding

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Last Updated: 16/10/13 11:11am

Olivia Breen: Compete in both the T38 100m and 200m finals at the London Paralympic Games

Olivia Breen: Compete in both the T38 100m and 200m finals at the London Paralympic Games

Olivia Breen has been awarded podium funding as she continues to work towards the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"I'm really happy I've got it and being with Sky Scholarships is really good too because you get more help, you get all the support you need"

Olivia Breen

The Sky Sports Scholar burst onto the scene in 2012 as she won two bronze medals at the European Championships in the T38 100m and 200m, before reaching the Paralympic finals of both events in London.

Since then Breen has reached the finals of the same events in the World Championships earlier this year but, with the T38 200m set to be scrapped for Rio, the 17-year-old sprinter is set to try her hand at the long jump and the 400m in 2014.

The continuation of the podium funding in addition to the Sky Sports Scholarship is something Breen is delighted to have.

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Sky Scholar and Paralympic sprinter Olivia Breen has been awarded podium funding.

"I'm really happy that I've still got it because I hear lots of people have lost their funding," she told Sky Sports. "You want to get as much support as you can get really.

"You don't get that much money in it really, it's already tough, it can be really tough at times.

"I'm really happy I've got it and being with Sky Scholarships is really good too because you get more help, you get all the support you need, it's really good but I'm just really glad I'm still on funding."

As well as Breen, two more Sky Sports Scholars were boosted with the news they will receive funding in the build up to Rio.

Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale will also receive podium funding whilst 18-year-old middle-distance runner Jessica Judd has been awarded potential podium funding by the World Class Performance Programme.