About My Sport, My Voice!
The UK Sports Association is delighted to reveal the 13 high performance athletes who have been selected as Ambassadors for the national campaign My Sport, My Voice!
The Athlete Ambassadors are also joined by 11 Athlete Reps, many of whom are rising stars in their sport, and have been selected for supporting roles in the project.
Thanks to funding from Spirit of 2012, a trust set up to sustain the spirit and opportunities from the London 2012 Games, My Sport, My Voice! is raising the profile of the UK’s elite athletes with learning disability by providing a platform to showcase their sporting achievements and inspire others to succeed.
The Athlete Ambassadors have all excelled in their chosen sport at the highest level and have been chosen from each country of the UK. They include a London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist, several World Champions, and two England LD national team captains.
The project is backed by the UK Sports Association’s partners in each country of the UK; English Federation of Disability Sport, Scottish Disability Sport, Disability Sport Wales, and Disability Sports Northern Ireland, as well as our member organisations.
Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive at the UK Sports Association said: “We are thrilled to be able to reveal our 13 Athlete Ambassadors and 11 Reps. Each Ambassador has competed in their sport at the highest level, as have some of our Reps, whilst the others are aspiring stars of tomorrow. They all have some incredible experiences to share, both in and out of the sporting arena.
“My Sport, My Voice! provides a platform for our athletes to share those experiences, to inspire others and to raise the profile of athletes with learning disability. The athletes are at the very centre of the project and are having their voices heard.”
Debbie Lye, Chief Executive at Spirit of 2012 said: “My Sport, My Voice! is all about creating a positive, lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games through challenging perceptions of disability through the efforts of some fantastic athletes. We are delighted to fund this project and many others which empower people to get out, be involved and feel better.”
The Athlete Ambassadors are co-delivering workshops in their regions and countries whilst representing the programme in the media to educate and enlighten not just the sporting community but the wider general public too. The Reps are working in a supporting role to assist the Ambassadors.