A Hounslow swimming starlet has promised to dedicate his future success to the memory of the man who sponsored his Olympic dream.
Alex Garnett, an A level student at Longford School in Feltham, recently struck a sponsorship deal with TVF (UK) PC, a provider of fire protection systems and equipment.
But just days after Garnett was handed a cheque for £2,000 by TVF managing director Brian Gibbins at their head office in High Wycombe, Mr Gibbins passed away.
Now Garnett, who swims with Staines Swimming Club, is determined the cash, to help offset expenses as he gets into shape for the 2012 Olympics, won't go to waste.
He said: "It is extremely sad that Brian won't be around to see me work my way towards 2012.
"But his kindness, and that of TVF, in sponsoring me will go down as a legacy to his memory.
"I am now going to train even more intently to realise my Olympic dream, and if successful in winning a medal, I will dedicate it to Brian."
Weighing in at just 13 stone, despite scaling in at a mammoth 6ft 9ins, Garnett is already the UK's number one for his age in the 50m freestyle.
The 18-year-old also recently won gold in both the Boy's 16/17 Medley and Mixed 6x50m Freestyle events at the Sheffield Inter County Championships.