Patrick Sylla, 18, is currently fifth in the senior rankings and number one in the under 20 category. His longest jump is 7.61 metres (24.9ft) – a double decker bus is 31ft long – and he wants to become an Olympian.
Currently he is studying for his ‘A’ Levels at Avonbourne Sixth Form in Bournemouth while working through a rigorous winter training schedule.
Nick Douch, MD of the funeral director group, hopes that Patrick will become an inspiration to other local aspiring athletes and sportspeople.
He said: “Patrick is an astonishing athlete and has achieved so much already.
“By supporting him with his winter training we hope we will play a small part in his success this year.
“Patrick inspires a lot of other local youngsters and it’s great for the town to have a home-grown talent.
“I’d also like to encourage other businesses to get behind him.”Patrick, who is studying economics, PE and English literature, said: “I’m very grateful to Nick for the support.
“Winter training is vital and the more professional I can be, the more success I will be able to achieve.
“This is the first winter in which I haven’t had an injury and the distances I have been achieving are very encouraging.”
Douch Family Funeral Directors’ branches include Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service.
They’re based in Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Upton, Wimborne, Swanage, Corfe Mullen and Blandford.
Avonbourne Trust – which comprises Avonwood Primary School, Harewood College, Avonbourne College and Avonbourne Sixth Form – has supported Patrick through his career.