New Athlete Mentors available for school visits

Dated:
Mon 4th Feb '13

26 sporting stars join 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Jessica Ennis and Olympic sprint legend Darren Campbell on the Sky Sports Living for Sport’s team of inspirational Athlete Mentors.

With more schools registering for the initiative this academic year than ever before, 26 new Athlete Mentors have been recruited to support the visits taking place at schools all over the country. There are a number of familiar faces from London 2012 including Taekwondo athlete Sarah Stevenson and paralympic cyclist, Rik Waddon.

Joining the 48 current Athlete Mentors, the new recruits will represent Sky Sports Living for Sport visiting pupils in secondary schools across the UK, using their personal stories of success to inspire the students to use the skills they learn through sport to improve all areas of their life. Each new athlete has been handpicked by the Youth Sport Trust because of their unique personal journeys, which have seen them overcome a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.

The Athlete Mentors’ school visits are a chance for the thousands of pupils who take part in the initiative to meet and speak to one of the inspirational sport stars. Click below to find out more on the latest recruits to the Athlete Mentor team for 2013:

Aaron Phipps, Wheelchair Basketball

Heather Knight, Cricket

Andrew Bridge, Basketball

Helen Richardson, Hockey

Andrew Mayor, Swimming

Ian Rose, Paralympic Judo

Andrew Turner, Athletics 110 Hurdles

Judith Hamer, Wheelchair Basketball

Cassandra Patten, Open Water Swimming

Maria Bertelli, Volleyball

Claire Cashmore, Paralympic Swimming

Marilyn Okoro, Athletics 800m

Courtney Fry, Boxing

Monique Gladding, Diving

Craig Figes, Water Polo

Rachel Brown Finnis, Football

Craig McCann, Wheelchair Fencing

Rik Waddon, Paralympic Cycling

David Hill, Paralympic Swimming

Sam Ruddock, Para Athletics 100m

Ellie Koyander, Freestyle Skier

Sarah Stevenson, Taekwondo

Emma Wiggs, Sitting Volleyball

Sophie Cox, Paralympic Judo

Gemma Collis, Wheelchair Fencing

 

Sarah Stevenson, one of the new Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentors, comments: “2012 was a fantastic sporting year for Great Britain and I think it is important to build on the momentum from the Olympic Games and encourage the next generation of young people to take up sport. I am excited to go into schools and share my story and inspire the pupils to apply the life lessons they can learn through sport to all aspects of their lives. Sky Sports Living for Sport is a fantastic initiative that really makes a big difference to the lives of thousands of young people.”

John Steele, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust said: “We are delighted to welcome so many inspirational athletes to the team; each and every one has a different personal journey, which has seen them overcome a range of challenges to achieve success. It’s this story, and their encouraging approach, that helps young students to adopt a positive mentality and develop valuable life skills which they can use now and in the future.”

During school visits the Athlete Mentors will parallel the British Athletes Commission’s Six Keys to Success by instilling in pupils values such as self-belief, determination, people skills and time management.

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