Many of you taking the time to view this page will either know me personally, or have followed my athletic journey so far. For this I thank you for all the support!
I've tried to keep the detail brief, however please feel free to check out my social media platforms for a little bit more of an insight of my journey so far.https://www.facebook.com/Normster89 https://www.instagram.com/phil_norman/ https://twitter.com/_PhilNorman
For those who don't know the details, My name is Phil Norman and I compete in the 3000m Steeplechase.
Since my return to Athletics in 2014 Tokyo Olympics has been my Goal, and it's now within sight!
Last year I ranked 2nd in Great Britain, on both time and placings.
Based on this performance I received an IAAF invite to the Doha 2019 World Championships, however unfortunately this invite was declined by British Athletics.
Whilst this decision was disappointing, it highlighted to me than in order to make the 2020 Olympics, I must cement my place without doubt, and leave nothing to chance.
This has led me to make the decision to take a period of absence from work in order to focus my full attention to the Olympic trials and getting myself in the best possible shape to represent Great Britain.
I currently work a full time physical job alongside my training. Of course, this has impacted the level of training I have been able to manage to date, and so this decision should give me the extra margin I need to make Olympic Qualification!
However, I am currently unfunded, and on quick calculations, last season cost me in excess of £5,000 (In kit, travel and associated fees)
Hence the reason for this funding request.
Whilst is it difficult to anticipate the exact amount I will need to fund my season, to put it into perspective, the lowest amount a funded athlete receives from British Athletics is £9,000!
Whilst I love this sport, and have been able to fund myself so far, my leave of absence will be completely unpaid and I will need to find a way of funding the season with no salary.
The decision to make this request has been prompted from the number of generous offerings I have received already from friends, and even strangers following my journey.
Please do not feel obliged to make donations, however I hope you will enjoy following my journey - and I hope to make you all proud on the Olympic stage next year!