Trustee – Ms Fran Williamson
Fran is a former Paralympic swimmer who represented Great Britain for over ten years as one of the leading disability swimmers in the country. She began her international career by winning gold at the 2001 CP World Games, representing England and Wales. During her career as an international swimmer, she won six Paralympic medals, competing at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. Fran also won five world championship titles, recently beginning her coaching qualifications in order to pass on the benefits of her experience to others.
Also an athlete mentor with the Youth Sport Trust, Fran has worked with national sports governing bodies and several charities including United Response, for whom she is a Vice President. She also holds a first class degree in social policy and a masters degree in disability politics.
What do you like about being a trustee?
The ability to make a positive difference has always been hugely important to me. As has encouraging people to take up sport and try new things, no matter what barriers might stand in the way. Therefore, being at the heart of CP Sport, helping to drive things forward and break down those barriers is a huge privilege
What do you hope to achieve as a trustee in the future?
Cerebral Palsy Sport deserves to be recognised, the world over, for the work it does for and with people with Cerebral Palsy. I hope, as a team, we can expand the work we do to get as many people as possible, with CP, physically active.
What does Cerebral Palsy Sport mean to you?
The CP World Games in 2001 is basically where it all began for me as it was my first international swimming competition, which coincided with CP sport becoming an independent charity. Because of this, and having reached heights that I thought were impossible, I am hugely proud to be part of such a great charity.