Joe Fraser

18/09/17 9:40pm

Joe Fraser has been inspired by former Scholar Sam Oldham
Image: Joe Fraser has been inspired by former Scholar Sam Oldham

Joe Fraser wants to get flying inside and outside of the gym and take full advantage of what being a Sky Sports Scholar really means.

Former Scholar and gymnast Sam Oldham has provided plenty of knowledge and inspiration for the 18-year-old from Birmingham.

"It will be brilliant to have such an amazing team around me that all want the best for me," Fraser said.

"Sky will help me gain confidence when speaking to the public and in interviews. I have trained with Sam Oldham for a few years and seen how much the program has helped him grow as a person and as an athlete. Seeing how much it helped him, I look forward to our journey together.

"Over the next few years I am focused on European championships, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympic Games.

"I want to contend for a medal so I will be working hard to achieve these targets. As a Scholar I want to develop as a much more confident person. With the amount of media training and financial support I will be able to push myself to get the best results.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 6 December 1998, Birmingham
2) Won three golds, a silver and two bronzes at junior European Championships
3) British National Champion in All-Around in 2017

"I would like to say thank you to the Sky Scholarship program for wanting to be on my journey. I look forward to the future!"

If what's happened so far in Fraser's life, what lies ahead should be fascinating. He won gold at the 2015 European Youth Olympics and the 2016 junior European Championships.

In his first year as a senior in 2017, he won the All-Around title at the British Championships and was selected for the 2017 European Championships, finishing a respectable fifth in a very competitive field.

"In 2015 I became the European Youth Olympic Champion in the All-Around, Team and the Parallel Bars. I also won silver on the pommel horse and bronze on rings," he added.

"It was such an amazing championship and to finish the competition I was nominated as the Team GB's flag bearer for the closing ceremony which was a real big honour.

"Becoming the senior British champion this year was such an unreal achievement as it was my first year in this category.

"To have made such an impact on the nation was a confidence boost having competed against other gymnasts that I have idolised my whole life. These are Olympic medalists and I'm in the mix with them. It's such a great feeling."