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Franklin says National Lottery funding has shaped her as an athlete and a person

Windsor’s Mallory Franklin has said she’s grateful to the funding she’s received from the National Lottery and credits it with moulding her into the athlete and person she’s become today.

The 26-year-old has been on the Lottery’s UK Sport Podium Programme for the past eight years and during that time has become one of Team GB’s most successful female canoeists.

She hopes to challenge for gold at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo and can’t wait for her first major event in the build up to Tokyo, the senior Europeans in May.

“The National Lottery programme has helped me for a very long time,” she said. “I’ve been on the programme for eight years. It’s allowed me to become the athlete I’ve become. The support I’ve received from my coach and physio, it’s allowed me to work through who I am and has given me the chance to grow as an athlete and as a person.

"It has shaped me into a well-rounded person and has helped me to perform like I know I can but will also help me take those skills and be successful in later life as well. The only thing I can say is thank you to everyone who has been part of doing that by playing the National Lottery and helping fund me to do what I love. I’m very grateful.

"My first major event is the senior Europeans in May. It’s the first time I’ll sit on the start line with most people I’ll be racing against at the Olympics. There might also be a bit of a push from our governing body to try and run something within canoeing as a whole.”

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No one does more to support our Olympic and Paralympic athletes than National Lottery players, who raise around £30 million each week for good causes. Discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has on sport at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk and get involved by using the hashtags: #TNLAthletes #TracktoTokyo

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