Sally Gunnell OBE became the Foundation’s Patron when the foundation originated in 2008. Sally won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 400m hurdles and is a previous world record holder.
Sally Gunnell explained the core role the Foundation takes in supporting the next generation of athletes and thus ensuring a sporting legacy is in place not just for today's athletes, but for future generations: “It is vitally important that we inspire young people to excel in sport and harness their talent towards future Games”.
“Sport is such an important part of all our lives and has the power to inspire young people to excel and harness their talent towards their future. From my own experience starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how important the recognition and support from organisations like the GLL Sport Foundation can be to a young athlete. It can make the difference in achieving sporting ambitions.
This is ever-more important today as we are faced with new financial challenges and athletes have to consider whether they can continue to follow their dreams . The support of the GLL Sport Foundation helps to bridge this gap and can be the difference in an athlete making those dreams a reality
This support can positively impact communities by promoting the opportunity that sport can bring and promoting the benefits it brings in well-being from someone within that community.”