Betting site is backing Sibley for Games glory

Having lost her funding from UK Sport, Kelly Sibley feared her dream to compete at London 2012 would be shattered unless she was able to secure sponsorship.

Friday, 16th December 2011, 8:30 am

But, following the intervention of sports betting community site OLBG.com, the ladies’ national champion is now firmly on course to fulfil her Olympic ambition.

After hearing of Sibley’s plight through a member of their site, OLBG.com have stepped in to support the Leamington-born player’s day-to-day finances which will help her continue full-time training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

They are also funding Kelly’s training trip to China.

Richard Moffat, chief operating officer at OLBG.com, said: “After speaking with Kelly, we felt this trip to China would enable her to train with the world’s best table tennis players and help her compete at her best at London 2012.

“Unfortunately there have been funding cuts for some GB Olympic hopefuls like Kelly, but we are only too pleased to step in and play our small part in helping Team GB have a successful London 2012.”

A delighted Sibley said: “I’m very grateful to OLBG for supporting me, especially funding the trip to China.

“This is a great opportunity to train with the best in the world and allow me to peak at the right time.

“With OLBG’s sponsorship in place I can now focus 100 per cent on my training and strive to do my best, both for myself and my country.”