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Turner plans lottery fund appeal

Andy Turner
Turner may have to find an outside sponsor

Nottinghamshire sprint hurdler Andy Turner says he is to appeal against a decision to stop his lottery funding.

Turner was one of a number of Great Britain athletes told their funding was being withdrawn or cut last week.

The 28-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I know I've got what it takes, so I'm a little bit gutted that they have decided that I haven't.

"I've written a very strong letter and hopefully I'm going to hear back in the next couple of days."

I've still got dreams of winning a medal in the Olympics

Sprint hurdler Andy Turner
The Hucknall athlete added: "I've had a lot of injuries this year and the panel decided that they don't think I have what it takes anymore.

"In order to get lottery funding they say you need to be capable of making a final now or within the next two years and my times over the last two years prove that I've got what it takes to make a final."

Turner said he would either have to look for an outside sponsor or part-time work if the appeal was unsuccessful.

He added: "It's going to be tough but I have to do it as I've still got dreams of winning a medal in the Olympics."

UK Athletics said the selection process was very thorough and Turner did not meet the criteria. They would not comment further on individual cases.

see also
GB athletes hit by funding cuts
05 Nov 08 |  Athletics
Injury wrecks Turner medal hopes
16 Jan 08 |  Athletics
Turner just misses hurdles medal
02 Mar 07 |  Athletics

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