30 December 2011 / by Radmila Gurkova

London 2012: Athlete turns to eBay in search of sponsor

An athlete from London is seeking a sponsorship deal for the 2012 Olympics on the auction site eBay...


James Ellington, 26, is advertising on the site with a reserve of £30,000 (€35,000) from any sponsor willing to assist. He will wear a sponsor’s branded kit in full training to the run-up to the Olympics.

James is a sprinter. He was injured in 2010 and is preparing for the games but with no support.

He said “I now need a sponsor who can help me commit myself to getting into Team GB and win a medal for Great Britain at London 2012”.

James has run the fastest 200m by a British athlete this year - 20.52 seconds.


  • Do you know what eBay is?

  • What types games are played at the Olypmic Games?

  • What can you buy on eBay?

  • Name any websites that sell things? Types of Products -
    Clothes, Cars, Houses, Food..?


Definition Example Listen
Comit To entrust, especially for safekeeping Asked if he was a candidate, he refused to commit himself. Listen
Fastest Superlative of fast, faster than everyone else. Usain Bolt is the fastest  Listen
Identity The condition of being oneself or itself He doubted his own identity. Listen
Injured To be hurt after an accident. I got injured when I fell. Listen
Qualifies To provide with proper or necessary skills, knowledge, credentials To qualify oneself for a job.  Listen 
Sponsor To promise money to someone if they complete a challenge. I'll sponsor you €5  Listen 
Sponsorship Financial help for a project Messi has a sponsorship deal with Nike. Listen 
Successful To have reached a goal Our company is very successful. Listen  


To understand more about the use of "was/were" click here for the grammar structure post.

What about using 'much' and 'many'? Do you know when to properly use each word? Click here for a useful post.




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