A PROMISING Bromsgrove gymnast who has won medals on the world stage could be forced to give up the sport he loves if he does find funding to support him.
Now the parents of talented tumbler Kallum Mulhall have launched an appeal, asking Standard readers to get behind their son.
The 14-year-old is in Daytona Beach, Florida, this weekend, competing in the World Age Group Tumbling Championship where he has an excellent chance of claiming gold for Great Britain.
But his dad Glynn said he and his wife, Jane, were struggling to fund Kallum’s career as it was costing them thousands of pounds a year and he has now called on Bromsgrove businesses and residents to give him a helping hand.
“We are desperately trying to raise Kallum’s profile and generate some sponsorship for him,” he said.
“It is currently costing us about £7,500 a year and we are having to pay £2,500 to British Gymnastics for him to compete for Great Britain in Florida.
“That’s why we need to raise interest from local companies because if we can’t get any support then I am afraid it maybe the end of it, which would be very unfortunate for everybody – not just for him, but for the town and our country.”
Kallum’s talent was first spotted when he was seven years old as staff at Abbey Stadium in Redditch told his parents he had ‘exceeded what they could do’.
The North Bromsgrove High School pupil went on to train with the City Of Birmingham Gymnastics Club before turning to tumbling 12 months ago.
After finishing third at last year’s World Age Group Tumbling Championship in Bulgaria, Kallum has won gold in the Loule Cup International in Portugal and silver at the British Championships in Liverpool.
“We have got a lad here who has the ability to push England forward in this sport, but we are getting no financial help from the Government, his school or the district council,” he said.
“The only sponsorship I have had is £300 from the Bromsgrove Round Table, which was greatly appreciated.
“But there is a young lad in Kallum’s age group who has been given £1,000 from Sandwell Council, £1,000 from his school and £1,000 from his local MP.
“We are in Bromsgrove, which I would think was a bit more lucrative than Sandwell, but we are getting nothing.”
Although he has had a lot of success on the mats, Glynn said he has struggled to find funding to help fund his son’s fledgling career, despite contacting Bromsgrove District Council.
A council spokesperson said: “We urge him to get in touch with our sports development team which will be able to advise him on available sources of funding.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Kallum should contact firstname.lastname@example.org