Kelt Capital passionately believes in supporting talented individuals to overcome their respective barriers and helping them reach their potential on the world stage. This was the key motivating factor behind Kelt Capital’s support of Emma Twigg from a student at Napier Girls High School right through to becoming the 2014 Rowing World Champion. In 2020, a similar sponsorship partnership was launched with Jonte Wright, supporting his ambition to become a 2024 Olympic Champion. 

Moving into the future, Kelt Capital will continue to look for talent throughout the country and help support them to achieve their ambitions.

Jonte Wright

Kelt Capital has entered into a sponsorship arrangement with aspiring rower Jonte Wright. The sponsorship aims to empower him to reach his goal of becoming a 2024 Olympic Champion.

Jonte was only 19 when he was selected for the 2020 u23 Men’s Quad. He has recently competed in the U23 world champs, held in Varese, Italy where him and his crew achieved a bronze medal finishing behind the very strong Italian and German crews.

Jonte now aims to be selected in the Rowing NZ Elite Team by 2023 and to be selected for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

“Kelt Capital have been my absolute backbone towards this success and I couldn’t be more grateful/proud to do it with the KCL family” – Jonte Wright

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Emma Twigg

Emma won a Gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a World Championship Regatta and placed fourth in both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Finals. 

When Sam Kelt met Emma Twigg she was a 16-year old Year 11 Secondary School girl who had dreams of becoming a World and Olympic Single Scull Rowing Champion. She did not have access to the financial resources to seriously attempt the challenge. 

Kelt Capital, in conjunction with NZ Rowing, provided a sponsorship package that gave Emma the necessary financial resources to achieve her dream. Emma’s boat was the first boat to receive sponsorship in the history of NZ Rowing. 

Kelt Capital became very close to the Twigg family and carefully managed the sponsorship support to ensure Emma had not a single financial worry. 

Mid-way through the programme, and over and above the Kelt Capital sponsorship agreement, Kelt Capital purchased Emma a state of the art world-leading MPacca single scull boat. The boat, made in Europe and exported to the UK for her training boat, provided Emma with a leading competitive edge. The boat has since been donated to Clive, HB Rowing Club, as their premier single scull boat.

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