TEENAGE tennis sensation Jonny O’Mara stopped by his local Specsavers store on Monday to give thanks for its continuing support.
The opticians in the Abbeygate Centre has sponsored the 15-year-old for several years.
This partnership was recently extended by other Specsavers stores in Scotland also offering their support, alongside members of the company’s board of directors. The combined total of more than £2,000 will be used to assist in Jonny’s training and development.
Jamie Buchan, store director at Specsavers Arbroath, said: “As an individual store, we have been supporting Jonny’s career from an early age by providing his eye care, contact lenses and spectacles.
“I am delighted that so many of my fellow Specsavers directors have joined together to contribute £2,175 to support Jonny’s transition into an elite tennis player.
“Regular eye examinations are important for a high performance athlete and this year Jonny’s career is stepping up a level.”
Jonny was representing the Great Britain team in the under-16 European Finals in France this week having come through the recent qualifying group undefeated in Belarus.
He commented: “Every year it’s my aim to improve my game and I’m committed to making myself the best player I can be. This sponsorship from Specsavers will help me to step up my training in preparation for my biggest challenge yet - Junior Wimbledon.”
Jonny’s dad, Dr Dave O’Mara, added: “Tennis is an exciting but incredibly expensive sport. Having financial backing from Specsavers really does ease some of the financial pressure on us as parents.
“I know Jonny is very proud to represent Scotland and our community. All the local interest in his burgeoning career has given him great encouragement to continue to improve.”