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Manchester Olympic triple jump hopeful wins sponsorship from city based technology business

19 September 2017

A nineteen year old Olympic triple jump hopeful from Manchester is to be sponsored by the city based technology company K3 Syspro.

The medal winning athlete Naomi Ogbeta has already triumphed at a series of major events including the British Championships, and the junior European Championships where she won bronze. She finished second to win a silver at the Manchester International Event and won the national age-group championships four years in a row.

Staff at the Enterprise Resource Planning technology experts, K3 Syspro, have been following Naomi’s career since she started competing in the triple jump at 16 years old. Her father, Mathias, works for the company and was himself an athlete when younger. He won medals in Nigeria, then after coming to the UK, competed in many local events including winning the North of England Championships. He still holds the record for triple jump and long jump at Preston Harriers.

Naomi is currently studying politics and quantitative methods at Manchester University. She said the financial support and the kit will help her with the cost of her training and going to events. Her aim is to go to the Commonwealth Games next year together with the European Championships then to compete in the Olympics in 2020.

Naomi said: “Sport means a lot to me. It has increased my confidence in myself and I get to meet lots of different people. I love the idea of achieving goals, but best of all I love the impact that has on the people around me – friends, family and the wider community. It is fantastic knowing that makes people happy.

“This sponsorship will really help me with the cost of my training and my travelling. Along with funding from other various schemes, this will make a difference. Being provided with K3 Syspro branded kit is amazing. I look forward to wearing it for training and events. Having this support is a huge confidence boost.

Nick McGrane, managing director of K3 Syspro said the company was growing and wanted to give something back to the local community.

Mr McGrane said: “We felt the time was now right to look at sponsorship. Over the years I have heard from Matthias about how well his daughter has been doing in athletics and we have watched her career with interest. The opportunity came along to help Naomi and we decided that was what we wanted to do.

“We wanted to step outside the world of being an ERP technology provider and support local athletes and the K3 family. Naomi works incredibly hard at her sport. She is still a student and has to raise so much money herself to keep going. We’re incredibly proud to be able to help with branded K3 kit and finance so she can concentrate on what she does best. We look forward to seeing her win a place in the Olympic team for 2020.”