Teenage athlete Julie Rogers has secured sponsorship from leading disability insurance specialist Fish Insurance.
Sprinter Julie, 16, was born without the tibia and fibula in her right leg and as part of her sponsorship deal her high-tech prosthesis is protected under what is the UK’s first and only Prosthetic and Orthotic insurance policy.
The world number four T42 100m runner said: “I’m not sure people realise how expensive prosthetics can be. Mine cost over £10,000 and some can cost six or seven times that. For me, in sport, and others who rely on prosthetics to maintain active lifestyles, it’s vital that they are protected. I’m pleased and proud to have become one of the first in the UK to benefit from Fish’s dedicated prosthetics policy.”
Having agreed the sponsorship deal Julie will keep disability sports fans up to speed with her progress through regular postings on The Hub, a disability news blog featured on Fish’s website.
The company’s managing director, John Garrard, said: “Julie has already achieved so much but clearly has much more to give to fans of Paralympic and disability sports generally. It’s a privilege to be able to support such a committed and talented athlete.”
Julie first entered the disability sports arena through sitting volleyball, playing for Team GB in the London Paralympics. After the games she switched to the 100m and after just one competitive season was ranked fourth in the world within the T42 classification.