Great Britain’s world No.44 wheelchair tennis player, Dermot Bailey has been selected for a Jun Yamaguchi Sport Award (JYSA) by global professional services firm, Deloitte. The award will see him receive a crucial financial contribution to assist his development and preparation as he aims to compete for Britain at Tokyo 2020.
Dermot made the trip to Deloitte’s head office last month for the awards event. The new award was launched this year in memory of an inspirational partner at Deloitte UK, Jun Yamaguchi, who passed away unexpectedly in January 2017.
Jun was immensely proud when Japan, the country of his birth, won the right to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and spent much of his final professional years arming Japan with key insights and expertise from the London 2012 Games, which he had attended as a Deloitte partner.
The JYSA was launched to give three athletes aspiring to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, one from each of tennis, rowing and swimming, the opportunity to secure some additional funding for their Games preparations, and ultimately improve their chances of competing in Japan.
Recipients were selected for each sport, and then appraised according to the following criteria to determine the level of the award they received.
• Talent progression – demonstrating progress on an athlete pathway
• Personal journey – insights into the unique aspects of each athlete’s sporting career
• Impact of the award – How JYSA can make a difference to sporting preparations for Tokyo 2020 selection
• Fit with JYSA values – what each athlete personally brings to this Award initiative
British No.3 Dermot was selected for the silver award, which will see him receive £15,000 over two years to support his training and preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Speaking after the event, Dermot, who was a member of Great Britain’s World Team Cup silver medal winning team earlier this year alongside Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, emphasised the invaluable difference the funding will make to his approach over the next two years, saying:
“It feels really good to receive the JYSA award especially with the reason for the award; it’s special to be part of Mr Yamaguchi’s legacy. For Deloitte to pick me as a recipient of the award is a massive help as this will enable me to go full time at tennis which hopefully will help me achieve goals of competing in Tokyo.”
Jun’s wife, Yuka Yamaguchi, was immensely proud to be part of the event. She said:
“I was delighted and honoured to be part of the event to support the nominated athletes who showed such passion and dedication to their sports. The award is a wonderful way to remember and celebrate my late husband Jun’s lifelong passion for sports and his contribution to the Deloitte’s community programmes.”