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Laidlaw Scott finds future Olympians in Glasgow

Laidlaw Scott finds future Olympians in Glasgow

Promising young cyclist and talented gymnast both chosen for Mears 'Future Champions' sponsorship.Laidlaw Scott, Scotland's leading social housing building contractor, has been doing its bit for British sport, earmarking two young athletes for the Future Champions programme - a sponsorship scheme by Laidlaw Scott's parent company Mears Group to find promising British Olympic prospects.Greg Brown is a 15-year-old cycling prodigy from Glasgow who has excelled in competitive cycling, on both road and track. He has represented his country on three occasions, and is currently on the British cycling talent team. "Cycling is an expensive sport to participate in," said Greg, "and any financial support would go a long way to funding everything for me. My goal is to represent Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Scotland, and hopefully this sponsorship will help me achieve that."Also discovered by Laidlaw Scott and signed up for sponsorship is Ryan McKee. Fifteen years of age and from Glasgow, Ryan is a gymnastic prodigy who has already competed for Scotland on a number of occasions in competitions as far away as America, where he picked up the bronze medal in the vault. He has also placed in the top ten at the British Championships. Ryan said: "I want to make the Great Britain squad and represent Scotland, and the help from Mears is definitely going to give me a better chance of doing it."The Mears Future Champions programme offers promising athletes like Greg and Ryan up to £2000 a year to help with travelling and equipment expenses, as well as any mentoring and work experience opportunities that Mears Group can provide. Established by Mears in 2006 to support potential British Olympic heroes of the future with financial backing and mentoring, 'Future Champions' has become a benchmark for supporting promising young individuals, investing in national sport at a grass roots level, and creating inspiring role models in communities around Britain.Ken Mantock, Director of Community and Environment for Mears, said: "With the UK hosting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games two years later, we have the perfect opportunity to support young athletes in achieving their goals and aspirations." Ken added: "The whole point is to find individuals who can inspire others, encourage sport participation and healthy lifestyles, and to give communities a role model that they can be proud of."