A horticultural nursery in North Yorkshire is backing a young Scottish athlete on his quest to compete at the Olympic Games.

Johnsons of Whixley, one of Europe’s leading horticultural suppliers to the commercial sector, has become a sponsor of 16-year-old Karate martial artist Lewis Simpson, who recently represented Scotland in the European Under-21s Championship in Sochi, Russia.

Despite his tender years, Simpson has already competed and trained all over the world, winning more than 150 medals in the process.

Simpson, who lives in Falkirk and trains in Dunfermline, produced a promising performance in his first appearance at the Championship, and has his sights set on eventually earning an opportunity at the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

Committed and dedicated to his sport, Simpson attends gym at 7.00am each day before school and also trains and teaches karate to young learners.

He will compete at WKF Youth League events in Bulgaria, Croatia and Venice in the months and years ahead.

He competes in the Elite Squad for JKS Scotland in the Kata and Kumite disciplines of Karate and is tipped for a bright future.

But all athletes representing the Scotland National Team must raise their own funds for expenses, such as travel and accommodation, and Johnsons of Whixley is helping Lewis meet that challenge.

Johnsons of Whixley joint managing director, Iain Richardson, said: “We came to know about Lewis’s talents through a customer of ours, Stuart Simpson of Ashlea Scotland, who happens to be his father, and we’re proud to have been able to provide some financial backing to support him in his ambitions.”

Lewis said: “I’m very grateful to Johnsons, and to all of those who have helped me, for their sponsorship.

“Without their support, I’d be unable to compete at such a high level, and it’s given me a great chance of realising my ambitions in the years to come.”

If you are interested in sponsoring Lewis, contact Anne Simpson on 07843667471 or email: saxoann@aol.com