Lymington Olympic hopeful sailor Hannah Snellgrove gets vital Moore Barlow sponsorship
LYMINGTON sailor and three-time national champion Hannah Snellgrove’s dreams of competing at the Paris 2024 Olympics have been boosted by a new sponsorship deal with law firm Moore Barlow.
The Olympic hopeful has secured funding equivalent to the cost of buying a new ILCA 6 racing dinghy, formerly known as Laser Radial, the class of boat she will compete in should she make it to Paris.
Hannah, who spent time as a journalist with the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times, said: “I am so grateful for the support from Moore Barlow.
“My journey with the sport has not always been a smooth ride, and now, knowing I have this funding secured, I am one step closer to realising my dreams.
“This sponsorship gives me the security I need to focus on my training and being the best sailor I can be.”
After learning to sail at Salterns Sailing Club in Lymington when she was just seven, Snellgrove competed in multiple championships, including the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Laser Radial Women’s World and European championships and UK National Championships.
However, after having her Team GB funding cut, she was forced to retire. Rather than accept her dreams were over, she crowdfunded £7,000 to buy a new boat, and her impressive performances forced the selectors to welcome her back into the British Sailing Team in 2018.
In September this year, Snellgrove won silver at Kieler Woche, the largest sailing event in the world.
Managing partner of Moore Barlow, Ed Whittington, added: “Hannah has an amazing character; she is incredibly driven and determined, yet very humble.
“She has worked so hard to be where she is, and just by talking to her, you can see the passion she has for her sport which is so inspiring for those around her.