A generous $1000 sponsorship has been given from one group of local athletes to another.
The crew of Esperance vessel, Anger Management FLG, has donated its speaking fee from the Sports Star of the Year Awards to two teenagers entering the Rottnest Channel Swim.
Maddie McGrinder, 16, and Ben Murgatroyd, 15, will take on the daunting 19.7km swim in open water on February 22, 2020.
The crew saw an article about the teenager's search for sponsors on The Esperance Express' Facebook Page and, with the sailors already having the sponsors they needed, they reached out to Ben and Maddie.
Anger Management publicity officer Priscilla Davies said the crew noticed at the awards the number of young people and were aware of the difficulty in getting sponsorships.
Ms Davies said the boat and the sailors were all ready for their second consecutive Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day.
The donation will go towards costs associated with the channel swim including team shirts, travel and training.
On behalf of the duo, Maddie expressed a "massive thank you" to the Anger Management team.
"You don't often get such a large amount of sponsorship just straight up. And being contacted rather than having to contact them was amazing," she said.
The duo recently competed at the Kambalda Long Course Qualifying Meet and, in a good sign for their Rottnest prospects, they won the senior girl and boy trophy, respectively. The Esperance Sea Dragons Swim Club also won in the team category.
To keep up with Maddie and Ben's progress, follow them on Instagram at benaddies_rotto.
Ben and Maddie expressed thanks to all their sponsors including Esperance Timber Flooring, Quick n' Clean Car Wash, TV Financial, Heasman Co., Anger Management FLG and 4 U We Do Esperance Bus Hire and Charters