The efforts of Worcestershire organisations have allowed rower Harriet Bray to set her sights on representing Great Britain.

Four businesses and one charity have sponsored the young athlete, which has covered the costs of procuring a high quality boat for the upcoming trials.

Harriet, a 16-year-old student at Hanley Castle High School, already has a British title to her name.

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Last month, Harriet and her team clinched the National Championship in the women’s Junior 16 quads at the National Schools Regatta.

The organisations - Worcester Bosch, Specsavers M&D, Lucart Hygiene and Thorlux Lighting - have thrown their weight behind Harriet alongside charity, the Bransford Trust.

Thanks to their support, Harriet is now making strides towards joining the Great Britain under 19 rowing squad.

Lucart Hygiene's UK Finance manager, Laura Ellis, said: "We recognise the great grounding that focussing on a sporting discipline can give young people and these are qualities that can be applied to all aspects of life.

"We were struck by Harriet’s enthusiasm and obvious drive to succeed, and we are absolutely delighted to be able to assist in her in reaching her goals."

Harriet currently trains with the Boat Club at Hartpury College & University, a British Rowing Performance Development Centre made to develop future Olympians.

She recently secured a spot at its residential elite rowing academy, where she will juggle pursuing her A Levels with an intensive training regimen.