Team GB hammer thrower Taylor Campbell has put some of the Tokyo 2020 freebies given to athletes up for sale on eBay as he hopes to raise money to continue his training
Taylor Campbell has placed a series of items gifted to athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on eBay as he looks to increase his funding after the games.
The Team GB hammer throw competitor has received support on social media as he explained the reasoning for the sales.
Campbell posted a photo of his brand new Samsung S21 phone and wireless earbuds on eBay. Both items are branded with the Olympic logo.
Currently, the leading bid in the online auction stands at £3531 but is likely to reach much more than that as more people look to seize the opportunity and own some historic Olympic memorabilia.
Campbell spoke to Sky News and explained that he is hoping to boost his training for the upcoming Commonwealth Games with whatever cash he makes from the gadgets.
He said: “I get some funding from UK Sport but it’s not enough to live off.
“It has blown up a bit and there has been an overwhelming amount of support.
“Unfortunately making it to the Olympics doesn’t get you any more money, you do it for the pride.
“I am an iPhone guy and the Samsung will have just sat in a box as memorabilia, so I put it on eBay.”
The response to Campbell’s campaign has been huge, with many people suggesting that the 25-year-old should start a GoFundMe rather than risk losing some of the prized Olympic possessions.
One fan tweeted: “Set up a go fund me – I don’t play the lottery but really want to support athletes directly – would actually be really chuffed to know I’ve helped in a small way!”
Campbell was very appreciative of the encouragement he had received. He tweeted: “Overwhelmed by the messages of support I have received since posting this. So many kind individuals out there. I will keep you all posted over the next day or so for those that have reached out offering support!”
Campbell finished fourteenth in his heat in Tokyo.