Five British Para-Swimmers have been selected as Ambassadors for the national campaign My Sport, My Voice! for the UK Sports Association.
Paralympic Champion Bethany Firth was selected alongside international swimmers Thomas Hamer (National Performance Centre), Scott Quin, Jack Thomas and Dan Pepper.
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 who are leading the project 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 our 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. Each one of them has competed in their sport at the highest level and they have some incredible experiences to share, both in and out of the sporting arena.
“My Voice, My Sport! provides a platform for our Athlete Ambassadors 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 looking forward to 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.”
Over the next 16 months, the Athlete Ambassadors will be 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. They will be supported by a number of Athlete Reps, whose names will be announced very soon.
Full list of athletes selected are: