Cerebral Palsy Sport has a long history of having fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories sporting success to encourage others.
For the first time in our 15 years, we are proud to announce a new cohort of ambassadors, our Young Sporting Ambassadors. These are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.
The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.
Ellie Simpson is 21 years old and was the only female RaceRunner to represent England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games. Ellie’s passion for sport wasn’t always there but after attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics series as a club thrower and being introduced to RaceRunning she is now studying a degree in Sport Development and Coaching and uses every opportunity to raise the profile of RaceRunning.
On becoming a CP Sport Ambassador Ellie said:
“I am so honoured that CP Sport have chosen me to be a Young Ambassador, and alongside my best friend Matthew, who I also met through CP Sport. CP Sport has changed my life and they got me into RaceRunning – a sport that I love and couldn’t imagine my life without. I am so excited about being a Young Ambassador for CP Sport and I can’t wait to show other young people with Cerebral Palsy & physical disabilities all about CP Sport & how they can get involved in all of the sports, events and opportunities!”
Matthew Humphreys is 18 years old and is one of England’s top RaceRunners. Since becoming involved with Cerebral Palsy Sport, Matthew’s confidence has grown and he now gives talks and motivational speeches, the first of which was the opening speech at Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National Disability Sports Conference in December 2015.
On being asked to be a Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew said:
“I’m so proud to be asked to be a young ambassador for CP Sports. I started attending CP sports athletic days 4 years ago when I was participating at seated club throw. I saw another athlete on a Racerunner and I was hooked.
Since then I have made amazing friends; participated in the CPISRA world games; been nominated to represent CP Sport doing the BBC Children n Need rickshaw challenge. Basically my life has changed incredibly for the better. Thank you CP Sport for the opportunities, I now want to help others achieve their best.”
Cerebral Palsy Sport are incredibly proud of our new Young Ambassadors and look forward to working with them to encourage and inspire many others to start their journey to reach their sporting potential.