MICA Moore has expressed her gratitude to three companies helping the bobsleigh ace’s bid to reach next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, writes David Williams.

The 24-year-old is grateful for all the assistance she can get following the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association’s decision to withdraw funding for the women’s teams.

Teammate Mica McNeill raised the £30,000 required to compete this season through a crowdfunding website, but every bit extra that Moore gets is greatly appreciated.

And Palfrey’s butchers, located in her hometown of Newport, Weavealicious Hair Extensions and Office Outlet have been giving the Olympic hopeful’s cause a welcome boost.

“Palfrey’s butchers have supported me for a few years, from when I was just an athlete,” she said.

“I have to put on weight for the bobsleigh but do it in a healthy way, and they’ve been helping me with lots of turkey.

“It can be quite a boring meat but Mark Asheden has been doing it for me with different flavours.”

She added: “Weavealicious is owned by Jeseca Robinson, who I used to do athletics with, and is based in Bristol.

“She offered to do my hair and has been doing it for the past year now.

“When you’re competing, if you look good and feel good, you will race better – and if you’re putting a helmet on and getting it off you need your hair to look good!”

She continued: “When I competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Office Outlet, who were then Staples, made a huge banner for my parents so I could see them in the stadium.

“This time they’ve been able to help me with a new laptop which I want to use to show all those people who donated money exactly how that is being put to use during the season.

“Everything that people are doing for me really does make a difference and I’m so grateful for their help.”

Moore and McNeill are heading to Whistler in Canada later this week to prepare for the first World Cup event of the new season.

Everything is geared towards qualifying for February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.