A leading Island athlete is set for a 2019 comeback with the support of SMP Partners, Newfield and Isle of Man Sport. World Youth Championship bronze medallist Catherine Reid underwent surgery earlier this year after being sidelined by severe knee pain. The sprinter managed to fund the surgery to lower her left knee cap through an online appeal which topped its £8,500 target within two months. Now with SMP Partners, e-Gaming firm Newfield and Isle of Man Sport Aid helping to meet the costs of intensive rehab, Catherine is on schedule to make a full recovery, with the hope of getting back on the athletics track in 2019. Catherine, who is part of the Sport Aid programme, formed an affiliation with SMP Partners and Newfield through her involvement with the launch of the Isle of Man Sport Aid Academy in 2015, an initiative sponsored by the two firms, and the relationship has continued since.
Catherine has been overwhelmed by the support: ‘Firstly, the backing on the crowdfunding website (including from professional sprinter Adam Gemili and hurdler Jack Green) just blew me away. It’s been a while since I’ve delivered a performance that I personally think is worthy of such attention so for people to show their faith in me is so heartening.
‘Then for SMP Partners, Newfield and Isle of Man Sport to step forward and fund my rehabilitation, physio, strength and conditioning work has just been amazing. I am so grateful.’
‘The 2020 Tokyo Olympics may seem unrealistic right now but I have to set myself immediate targets, as well as looking ahead and hoping to qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.’
Director at Newfield Mark Reynolds added: ‘Catherine has been such a fantastic ambassador of the sport aid programme, and committed time to those in the next generation that we felt it was important to help her have the best chance possible of a successful recovery. To take time out from such an intensive period of rehabilitation to speak to others coming through the programme speaks volumes for her character.
‘Isle of Man sporting talent is exceptional and Catherine is a perfect example of that. We are encouraged at her progress and thrilled she has come back to the Academy to help young people at such an important stage of their journey.’