ITTF High Performance is pleased to announce this year’s With The Future In Mind (WFIM) scholarship holders who will benefit from support under three different streams: Paris 2024, Youth Athlete Development, and Olympic Solidarity Youth Athlete Development.
As in previous years, the scholarship support is intended to be a shared commitment between ITTF and Member Associations, providing the beneficiaries with the best possible opportunities to achieve their goals through identifying additional training opportunities and increasing the number of events the athlete can participate in. MAs are encouraged to consult with ITTF High Performance in creating a yearly plan for their athlete that reflects the collaborative spirit of the scholarships.
With the Future in Mind is a joint program of Olympic Solidarity (OS) and the ITTF. Since its inception it has been a core component of the Athletes Development Model, supporting athletes the world over in the pursuit of their Olympic Dream.
Nina Mittelham (GER), WFIM scholarship holder for the past 4 years and current world number 14 says: “The WFIM Program has been supporting me with a significant amount every year since 2019. I am able to use the scholarship for events and additional training opportunities. Especially for female athletes, this financial support is worth its weight in gold, and I am very grateful to receive it.”
Izaac Quek (SGP), the 17-year old world number 60 who recently made his way to the Round of 16 at the Singapore Smash, agrees: “The scholarship provided me with additional funds to go for additional training and competitions which has helped me tremendously in my development. I am grateful to ITTF and Olympic Solidarity for awarding the scholarship to me.”
His 2018 Hopes team colleague, current U17 world number 2 and U19 world number 4 Hana Goda (EGY) echoes his words: “I am very happy to benefit from the WFIM scholarship. It has helped me in my progression by affording me opportunities for training and participation in tournaments.”
The scholarships are intended to pave the High Performance pathway for the selected athletes by enabling them to attend high quality training activities and compete at the most suitable events. The educational component of the scholarship program provides up-to-date and highly applicable know-how to coaches and Member Associations via modern educational methods.
With The Future in Mind is not the only program assisting athletes on their road to the Olympic Games; Olympic Solidarity further supports athletes through the NOC support program in achieving their Olympic dream.