Portsmouth's Maddie Martin gets help from a coach firm to achieve her Tokyo dream

COACH firm Lucketts has shown its support for a rising star in UK wheelchair basketball.

Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 5:06 pm
Lucketts Travel have announced a sponsorship deal with Great Britain wheelchair basketball player Maddie Martin, 14. She is pictured at Lucketts in Broadcut, Fareham, with Lucketts Travel chairman David Luckett

Portsmouth's Maddie Martin, 14, has been tipped as a future star of the sport and has her sights set on a place in the Tokyo Games 2020.

The King Richard School pupil, who has spina bifida, is already part of Team GB and training alongside some of the best in the sport.

But, with competitions regularly taking her all over the UK, she was in need of financial support.

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Her dad Rob Martin launched an appeal for businesses to support Maddie and Lucketts, an advocate of youth sport, came to the  rescue.

The Fareham-based firm has pledged to help Maddie with her travel costs and hotels for the next year, meaning she can get to training sessions and matches without worrying about money.

Rob said: '˜We are so grateful to Lucketts for answering our call for support. It's an absolute honour and privilege for Maddie to be supported in her dream by such a major, well renowned, well respected family-run business.' 

David Luckett, chairman of Lucketts, said: '˜It is our pleasure to support Maddie on the road to Tokyo.'