Anna Hopkin proud to join family of MJ Church Ambassadors
Reigning national champion, Anna Hopkin [pictured R] is delighted to be one of the latest Team Bath athletes named as an MJ Church Ambassador.
Hopkin, Team Bath Netball Superleague star Rachel Shaw 9pictured L] and badminton champion Alex Lane [pictured] will join the likes of Paralympic silver-medallist Piers Gilliver (wheelchair fencing) and Olympians Ben Fletcher (judo) and Joe Choong (modern pentathlon) in bringing Team Bath’s partnership with MJ Church alive by attending events and inspiring the company’s staff and their families, as well as customers and stakeholders, to participate in sport and healthy activities.
In return the Marshfield-based Civil Engineering, Plant, Transport and Waste Management Contractor will provide the athletes with a bursary towards their training and competition expenses.
Hopkin, who studies Sport & Exercise Science and is coached by Mark Skimming, won 50m freestyle gold at this year’s British Swimming Championships and represented Great Britain at the World University Games in Taiwan, narrowly missing out on a medal in the freestyle relay.
The Thompson Education Trust sporting scholar is now targeting a place at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and said: “The support and funding from MJ Church is incredibly important in ensuring I achieve my goals over the next 12 months.
“The funding will enable me to travel to overseas competitions in order to gain experience competing against some of the best in the world, which will prepare me for major competitions in the future. It is a great honour to be recognised by MJ Church and chosen as one of their Ambassadors, I am extremely grateful for their support.”
Tom Church, director at MJ Church, added: “Over the past year the Ambassadors have been introduced throughout the company and have inspired many of our employees and their families to take up or return to sports. Introducing new sports such as badminton will create much interest as it is very accessible for young and old alike to take part. We look forward to welcoming the new athletes onto the team.”
Another Ambassador will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
MJ Church, a dynamic business offering a diverse range of services from skip hire and waste collection to multi million-pound civil engineering contracts, became a partner of Team Bath in 2016, supporting sport from grass-roots level through to high performance.
For more information about MJ Church, visit mjchurch.com.