Our School Games Ambassadors
This year the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games is pleased to have four local sport stars supporting the programme in their role as School Games Ambassadors.
Emily is a former GO GOLD Ambassador and captained Team GB's Women's Rugby 7's Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Having beaten hosts Brazil, Japan and Canada in the group stages and Fiji in the Quarter Finals, Team GB lost to a strong New Zealand team in the Semi-Final. Unfortunately Team GB lost the bronze medal match against Canada, but overall the team had an excellent debut Olympics, earning themselves a 4th place finish.
"I am very excited and honoured to be a School Games Ambassador for Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport. Sport has played such a huge role in my life that I am only too aware of the positive impact it can have. Having been supported by LRS, as I was progressing through school, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to repay the invaluable support that I received."
Matt Hampson, whose world was rocked by a serious spinal injury sustained while training with England U21s and who has since created The Matt Hampson Foundation. Matt said:
"I am delighted to be continuing as a School Games Ambassador. The Matt Hampson Foundation is about inspiring and supporting young people in sport and the School Games provides young people with the opportunity to be inspired to take part in more competitive school sport. I look forward to meeting some of the athletes at the Championship events"
"My Foundation is going from strength to strength, we are inundated with requests to help a number of individuals and their families to come to terms with and find a life/purpose after a catastrophic injury through sport. The main focus of my Foundation now is to build a new centre, to enable us to help even more people. The centre will be called the 'Get Busy Living' centre and will be based in Borough on the Hill, a rural part of Leicestershire."
Grace Garner is a talented cyclist from Blaby who is part of the British Cycling Talent Team, triple National Junior Track Champion and European Junior Track Champion. Grace has also been supported by our GO GOLD Funding Programme and is now a professional cyclist with Wiggle High5.
"I'm very proud to be able to continue the role of being an Ambassador for the School Games. It's great to see children of all ages competing and having fun at the same time as displaying the values of the School Games: Determination, Honesty, Passion, Respect, Self Belief and Teamwork! I'm really looking forward to being at the Championships again this year."
Sam Ruddock is a Paralympic athlete, who competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 100m and 200m sprint events and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the F35 Shot Put. Sam captained the Team GB side and claimed Silver in the F35 Shot Put at the IPC European Athletics Championships in 2016.
"To be an Ambassador, for what has been recognised by Sport England as one of the best School Games Programme in the country, is fantastic. The young people that take part in these Games have earned the right to be here and are extremely fortunate to experience sport and physical activity in this format. I'm so jealous of all of them, I never did this when I was at school!"