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Niamh drives into Olympic year with new deal from Yappl

Niamh drives into Olympic year with new deal from Yappl

Great British Olympic medal hope Niamh Emerson is driving into 2021 with a sponsorship deal with telecoms company Yappl, the business arm of A1 Comms.

Heptathlete Niamh was confirmed as part of British Athletics’ Olympic and Paralympic World Class Programme announced in November.

And she is already in great shape thanks to an intense training regime at Loughborough University which has continued throughout the Covid period.

She has now signed a sponsorship deal with Yappl which is based near her Derbyshire home.

It means she will have a new car which will help her maintain correct body posture and be big enough to store her equipment, including her javelins!

The company will also provide her with the most up-to-day phone technology so she can keep in touch from Tokyo in the summer.

She said: “I am really honoured and grateful to be given this sponsorship by Yappl. This is my job and my life and being supported by a great business really takes the pressure off. It is also really cool that its offices are in my home town.

“I do a lot of driving because I receive physio in Oxford every two weeks and also go to Birmingham every other week. I used to drive a Fiat but my physios kept telling me that its seat wasn’t right for my posture and I could fit my javelins in it. Now I have an Audi Q3 and it is great.”

The women’s heptathlon comprises seven sports – 100 metres hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 metres, long jump, javelin throw and 800 metres.

Former British gold medal winners were Denise Lewis and Jessica Ennis-Hill while Katrina Johnson-Thompson won the World Championships in 2019.

Niamh won the under-20 World Championships in 2018 and is considered a genuine medal contender.

After recovery from injury, she believes she will be in peak condition for the Olympics.

In July, Niamh finished rehabilitation for a knee injury which ruled her out of athletics for a year but she believes she will be fitter than ever by the summer.

“I won’t have competed in the heptathlon for quite a while but my training has been excellent and so I believe I will be in really good shape," she said.

Yappl’s managing director Steve Heald said: “We are very excited to be sponsoring Niamh leading into the Olympics. 

“She is a superb athlete and an inspiration to others hoping to compete.

“We can’t wait to watch her in the Olympics, cheer her to success and received that call of celebration on a Yappl phone!”

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