Ambassadors

Ambassadors

Anna Hursey

Anna Hursey is a Welsh table tennis player. She is thought to be the youngest person to represent Wales at senior level in any sport, having been aged just 10 when she competed for Wales in a European Championship qualification match against Kosovo in 2017.  Anna competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, and more recently, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she came third in the women's doubles event securing the Bronze Medal.

"I am thankful for the support from GSF, helps me to be able to train and compete internationally which is needed for me to develop and compete at major tournaments like The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham"

Suzanna Hext

Suzanna is a Paralympic swimmer, and burst onto the scene of British Para Swimming in 2019, claiming a pair of medals at her debut World Para Swimming championships. Suzanna previously competed in Para Dressage becoming Triple European Gold Medallist in 2017.
 
At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Hext finished fourth in both the 100m and 200m Freestyle final.
 
Suzanna said "I am hugely grateful to GLL for the continued support on my journey over the past few year. GLL’s support is outstanding and has meant I can access the GLL Leisure centres for training free of charge. I am at a GLL Leisure centre most days, and everyone is always so supportive. It means a huge amount to me."

Daryll Neita

Daryll Neita is a British sprinter. She won Olympic bronze medals in 2016 and 2021, and World Championship silver medals in 2017 and 2019 in the 4 × 100m relay. More recently, she won Bronze medals at both the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the European Championships. Her 100m best of 10.90 secs (achieved at the 2022 Commonwealth Games) puts her second on the UK all-time list behind Dina Asher-Smith.

Ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Daryll said, "It’s fantastic to be supported by GSF for another year, as I have been backed by the foundation for many years it is a great help in my journey, I would not be where I am today without the help of GSF. It’s so special that GSF has been a part of my career all these years especially this year as there is a home championship, it means the world to have the support. Thank you!" 

Hannah Russell

Hannah is a visually impaired para swimmer. She first broke onto the scene by winning a silver and bronze medal at the Paralympics in London 2012. Hannah bettered this in Rio by winning gold and setting a new world record in the 100m backstroke. Hannah also claimed three gold medals and European titles at the Dublin 2018 European Championships, each a straight final. 

More recently, At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Russell won the gold medal in the S12 Women's 100m Backstroke and a bronze medal in the S12 Women's 100m Freestyle. At the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, Hannah Russell won her first Commonwealth Games medal. She took the silver medal in the Women’s 50m Freestyle S13.

“Financial support from the GLL Sport Foundation has allowed me to purchase a new clock which has been a massive help for myself and other visually impaired swimmers that I train with. 2017 was a special year for me as I was awarded with my MBE at Buckingham Palace. I was so honoured that my achievements from Rio had been recognised in the New Years Honours List.”

Louis Rolfe

Louis Rolfe is a British Paralympic track cyclist. Rolfe came to note as a cyclist during the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships where he was part of the gold medal-winning British team sprint event. Rolfe was inspired to take up para-sport after being inspired by the events of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London.

“I have continued to work hard to keep improving my performance following the Rio Paralympic Games and have competed at the National Track Championships and the C1 International Paracycling cup this year and medalled at both events. I am still focused and very much loving my full-time cycling life at present. The continued support from GLL means so much to me, I appreciate being able to use the excellent gym facilities very much.”

On 31 December 2016 Rolfe was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. After switching from Cycling to Triathlon in early 2022, Louis has enjoyed his first year with British triathlon and has his sights set on Paris 2024.

Matty Lee

Matthew “Matty” Lee is a British diver and Olympic gold medallist. He has won the gold medal in 10-metre platform at the 2015 European Games, the mixed 10-metre synchronised platform at the 2017 European Diving Championships and has twice been European junior champion on the 3-metre springboard. 

At world level, Lee won the silver medal in the mixed 10-metre synchronised platform event at the 2017 World Championships, and at the 2019 World Championships, Matty and Tom Daley won bronze in the 10 m synchro event. Continuing to build on their success, they then went on to secure the gold medal in July 2021 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

At the 2022 World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest, Lee partnered with Noah Williams for the first time in an international competition and they won silver in the synchro 10 m platform event. Lee and Williams again partnered at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the synchro 10m platform, where the pair won gold! In the individual events, Lee won a bronze in 10 m platform.

Matty was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to diving.

Elinor Snowsill

Elinor Snowsill is a Welsh rugby union player who plays fly-half for Bristol Ladies and Newport Gwent Dragons. She made her debut for the Wales women’s national rugby union team in 2009.

“As a recipient of the generous support provided by the foundation last year, I am acutely aware of the benefit of being part of it.  The financial support is, of course extremely helpful when playing and training within your sport come at a cost, but the GLL foundation also offers so much more than that. The experience of attending the awards ceremony was invaluable, in particular the opportunity to meet and connect with athletes from other sports in my area. More than anything, the feeling of belonging to a foundation that understands the challenges faced by athletes is a comfort.”

Aaron Mckibbin

Aaron is a British 3x Paralympic table tennis Medalist, world and European medalist born with bi-lateral talapies representing Great Britain internationally for over 10 years.
 
“GLL was my first form of Financial support as a young athlete and I remember the incredible feeling of being supported but also the help that gave me towards improving in my sport. GLL has supported world-class athletes over the years you only have to look back at all the Olympic and Paralympic medalists that have benefited during their early careers be it access to training space, gyms, or financial. It’s a great feeling to be a GLL foundation ambassador and is a foundation I believe is hugely important to young athlete's development”

David Wetherill

David Wetherill is a British international table tennis player who suffers from the rare bone development disorder Multiple Epiphyseal Dysplasia.

He has represented Great Britain at two international Paralympic Games, the first being Beijing in 2008 followed by London in 2012. He finished in the top 8 in the 2008 games and was knocked out after his second game in 2012. During the 2012 games he became known for playing what the Daily Mail called the ‘shot of the tournament', after diving the width of the table to return a shot and secure a point. Wetherill won a bronze medal in the singles and a silver medal in the team event at the 2015 European Championships. On 9 March 2016 Wetherill was officially selected as a member of the GB Paralympic Table Tennis Team.

Melissa Reid

Melissa Reid is a British Paralympic triathlete. She won a bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the Women’s PT5. The 2017 season, saw her win gold at the Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships,she also won two bronze medals one at the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series and one at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. 

Reid suffered a prolapsed disc towards the tail end of 2017 which put her out of contention for 18 months. Despite the injury, her 2019 return saw her win two golds at the Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. Reid went on to claim three consecutive silvers at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne, Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, and the Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships in 2019. More recently, she achieved a top ten finish at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

“Taking 3rd at the Paralympic Games in Rio gave me even more motivation to continue on to Tokyo 2020 and improve on a bronze medal. 90% of my training is done in Cornwall where I live. Being able to train at home makes it much easier and enjoyable. I use the leisure facilities most days and have done since I was 11 years old.”

Lucy Charles

Lucy Charles-Barclay is an English professional triathlete specialising in the Ironman and 70.3 distances, who is the 2021 World Champion in that discipline. Prior to taking up triathlon, Charles was an elite distance and open water swimmer. Lucy made her debut in triathlon in 2014 and went on to win the 18–24 women’s age category at the 2015 Ironman World Championship as an amateur, son becoming a professional thereafter. 
 
In April 2018, at Ironman South Africa, Lucy won her second Ironman race. In the same year, she again won Challenge's The Championship. In September, she came second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. At the 2018 Ironman World Championship in October, she again landed in second place and broke the swim record with 48:13 minutes. 
 
In 2019, Charles won Challenge Roth and the European Ironman Championships with her personal record of 8:31:09 hours for the entire race. She followed that with a third consecutive second place finish at the 2019 Ironman World Championship, clocking 8:46:44. In 2021, she won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, finishing over 8 minutes faster than her nearest competitor.

Noah Williams

Noah Williams is an English diver who represents Great Britain and specialises in the 10 metre platform event. Noah won his first national title in 2015 , and won a bronze medal in his European debut. In 2016, he won the British Junior Elite Platform, and won another bronze at the European Junior Championships in the same event. 

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Noah again partnered with Matthew Dixon in the men's synchronised 10 metre platform where they secured the silver medal.  At the 2019 European Diving Championships held in Kyiv, Williams won silver in the Mixed 10 m platform synchro, a bronze in Men's 3m synchro, as well as in the team event. In March 2020, Noah won his first individual international title at the first event of the 2020 FINA Diving World Series which was held in Montreal, Canada, winning gold in the Men's 10m Platform.

More recently, at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest, Williams partnered with Matty Lee for the first time in an international competition and they won silver in the synchro 10 m platform event. Then at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Noah and Matty won gold in the synchro 10m platform. In Birmingham, he also won gold in the mixed synchro 10m platform with Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix. Following this, he also won a silver at the 2022 European Aquatics Championships in the men's 10m platform final.

Fiona Crackles

Fiona Crackles GB and England Hockey Player. Crackles is an Olympic bronze medallist (2021), Commonwealth Games Gold medallist (2022) and World Cup Quater Finalist (2022). She was one of four nominated for the Rising Star award by the FIH in 2021. 
 
At age 20 Crackles was called up to earn her first cap for the GB senior squad while studying at Durham Univeristy. Off the back of impressing during her first four caps in October 2020, she was offered a full time contract starting in January 2021. A whirlwind of transition from a student in Durham to joining the fifth and final year of Olympic preparations. Her Tokyo selection came just 4 months after starting full time training with the squad and was on a flight to Japan just 2 months after that. Now a slightly more experienced player in the squad, her first Commonwealth Games experience at Birmingham was very bright. Crackles' tough yet explosive play throughout the tournament aided the England Hockey team to win their first ever Gold medal at a Commonwealth games. Still just 22, Crackles hopefully has a long and bright career ahead of her. 
 
"This is the first year I have been supported by GLL and I am extremely grateful for them aiding my hockey journey. The funding through GSF allows me to access my local GLL gym and sauna to maximise the quality of my training. The financial support has also allowed me to purchase certain recovery strategies that would've originally been out of my budget. Combined, the GLL support allows me to be the best athlete I can be."

Susie Rodgers

Susie is a former Paralympic swimmer, a gold and bronze medallist in the S7 classification, who won a total of 30 international medals during her career, including 17 gold. Susie was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen following her retirement. Susie now advises on disability inclusion globally, is an Ocean Ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK and serves on several boards as a director. She still swims regularly in a Masters club and uses GLL facilities frequently. 

Susie said, “Throughout my career as an elite athlete, GLL was always by my side. I spent a lot of time in their pools and got to know all the staff very well during those early starts! I am grateful for their belief in me and the support I received financially during my career. However, it is since retiring that I have really connected deeply with the foundation. Not only can I use my platform to encourage other young athletes to apply for support as they start out in their careers, but equally I can demonstrate that sport doesn't and shouldn't stop once you reach retirement at the professional level. Whilst I rightly no longer receive funding, I do have access to GLL facilities and throughout the pandemic, being able to swim when we could access leisure centres again, really kept me going. So, GSF are with you as a current but also a retired athlete, which is a rare thing and for that, I am very grateful."

Calum Jarvis

Calum is a Welsh competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain in World Championships and the Olympics, and Wales in the Commonwealth Games. Jarvis competes primarily in freestyle and backstroke events. 
 
In 2014, he competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of the Welsh team, winning the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. In 2015 at the World Championships, he formed part of the Great Britain gold medal-winning men's 4 x 200-metre freestyle relay team. In doing so, he became the first Welsh world champion in swimming. In 2021, Jarvis swam the heat of the men's 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics for the gold medal-winning Great Britain team, making him an Olympic champion in the event; along with Matt Richards, they became the first Welsh swimming Olympic champions in over 100 years.

Following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games, Calum said "My experience of the games, Being Welsh it's the closet Wales will most likely ever get to a home games. It has been a privilege to represent Wales for the 3rd time and it is a games that I will always cherish. None of this will have been possible without the support of GLL to provide training facilities as well as financial aid. So many thanks to those at GLL."

Graeme Thomas

Graeme Thomas is among the world-class rowers to have progressed through the GB Rowing Team Start talent identification and development programme. Graeme is a former rugby union player who switched to rowing at the age of 20 and has already helped the men’s quadruple scull set new medal milestones at the World Championships. In 2021, he won a European bronze medal in the double sculls in Varese, Italy. Then he went on to win the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. 

“The GLL foundation has supported me for a number of years now and even after the events in Rio 2016 they continued to support me and thankfully I was able to ‘bounce back’ sooner than I expected with a strange turn of events at the World Championships last year, winning silver in an event I wasn’t selected for, so thank you for your support.  I hope I can share this story of resilience with the younger GLL athletes as they start their sporting careers.”

Lucy Shuker

Lucy is a British wheelchair tennis player. A previous singles & doubles National Champion, Lucy has represented Great Britain at three successive Paralympic Games, twice winning a bronze medal in the women's doubles. Lucy is a former World Doubles Champion and World Team Cup Silver Medallist amongst a number of other National and International successes.

In 2008, she competed in the singles and doubles events for the first time in Wheelchair tennis at the Beijing Paralympics. Lucy made history at the London 2012 Paralympics alongside fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley when the pair became the first women to win a medal for Great Britain in wheelchair tennis, coming from match point down to secure Bronze in the women's doubles event. Lucy and Jordanne retained their Bronze medal status in the Women's Wheelchair Doubles at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. 

In 2016, Lucy won her first Doubles Masters title, partnering Diede de Groot to the title. In 2018, Lucy made a return to a Grand Slam final when she partnered Sabine Ellerbrock to reach the Wimbledon Doubles Final, and in 2021 she also reached the Australian Open Doubles Final with KG Montjane. In June 2021 she and Jordanne Whiley were among six tennis players named to represent the UK at the postponed 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

Simon Lawson

Simon is the son of former professional speedway rider, Steve Lawson. Simon grew up riding BMX bikes, becoming a junior British Speedway champion before a crash in 2001 that paralysed him from the chest down. He turned to wheelchair marathon and by 2015 was the second-fastest Brit at the London Marathon, finishing behind only Paralympic legend and role model David Weir, who also pipped him for gold at that year’s Great North Run, where Lawson took silver. Lawson's successes continued, setting a British record time of 1:25:06 at the Boston Marathon in 2017 and winning the Great North Run for the first time that year. In 2018, he claimed T54 marathon bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and again in Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth games. 

Following his success at the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022, Simon said "I am proud to be a GSF athlete and couldn’t have achieved my medal without the help and support!" 

Jonathan Webb

Jonathan, also known as JJ started fencing at the age of 11 and has worked his way up the ranks quickly. JJ is one of six British Sabre Fencers who was on the British Fencing World Class Programme. 

JJ said, “I am very proud to have been awarded the  Ambassador Award and to have represented my borough in this role. It has been a privilege to act as a sporting ambassador and role model for the younger generation in the borough.”

Ekaterina Avramova

Ekaterina Avramova started her professional career in 2007. Ekaterina said: “I have been swimming for almost 20 years since I was a little girl. The dream of becoming an Olympian has been driving me all those years”. She is now a double Olympian from London 2012 & Rio 2016. 

As of December 2022, she is the Turkish record holder in the 100 and 200 m backstroke shortcourse, and the 50 m backstroke long course, and was part of the teams that hold the national record in the women's 4 x 50 m medley relay and mixed 4 x 50 m freestyle relay (shortcourse). Ekaterina is also a European Championship Finalist and World Championship Semi-Finalist.

Shelayna Oskan-Clarke

Shelayna is the current British 800m champion. She competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics and made it through to the semi-finals, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. She also competed at the Athletics World Championships in 2017 in front of a home crowd. Shelayna took home the bronze at the World Indoor Championship in 2018.

Shelayna said, “Your support is beneficial in travel expenses to training because I travel to different locations during the week. Your support is also used to buy equipment that will help recovery after training and competition.”

Jade Johnson

Jade represented Team GB at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in the Long Jump. Jade placed 4th at the 2003 World Championships and won a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She also won a silver medal at the European Championships in Munich in 2002. Jade has since retired but is still a Legacy Ambassador of the GLL Sport Foundation.

Jade said, “I want to continue to work with the GLL Sport Foundation as a Legacy Ambassador and pass on my experience and knowledge to aspiring young sports people.”

Sarah Robertson

Sarah is a hockey player for Scotland and Great Britain and a Tokyo 2020 Bronze Medalist. With over 170 combined caps and training hard towards Paris 2024.
 
Sarah said "Support from the GLL Sport Foundation has allowed me to have a sporting base in London and easy access to top class facilities when I am not in team training. I am truly grateful for the support and connection with GLL. "

Kim Daybell

Kim is a Doctor and Paralympic table tennis player. He is an 8 time national champion, previous Commonwealth silver medallist and 2 time Paralympian. 

"GSF has been supporting me through my journey for the past 4 years and given me the platform to achieve what I have on the sporting stage whilst also working as a doctor on the front line through the pandemic. An amazing foundation and team of people!"

Amy Truesdale

Amy was born without a left hand, and had started off her martial arts career nearly 26 years ago. Fighting against able-bodied athletes she achieved multiple world Champion aswell as international fighter of the year. In 2009, Amy was presented with the opportunity to become a Paralympic tae-kwon-do athlete.
 
Her achievements include double world Para champion four times European champion and the first person to qualify on ranking points for the Tokyo Paralympic games where she achieved a bronze medal. 

Ruqsana Begum

Ruqsana is a world champion in Muaythai kickboxing, having represented Great Britain at the world championships all over the world, Ruqsana was also the captain of the GB team. After accomplishing her goals in Muaythai, she set her sights on becoming a double world champion in two different sports and transitioned into professional boxing, where she was signed by the former heavyweight world champion David Haye. 
 
In 2020 Ruqsana published her autobiography Born Fighter which won several awards including sports book of the year, autobiography of the year, and shortlisted sports book of the 21st century. 

Lilah Fear & Lewis Gibson

Lilah and Lewis teamed up in 2015 and are the four-time British Ice Dance Champions. Their dreams of becoming Olympians came true in Beijing this year, where they finished 10th. Lilah and Lewis are four-time Grand Prix medallists, and two-time Challenger Series gold medallists. This year they have qualified for the first time for the Grand Prix Final. 

At the World Championships in France in 2022, they finished in 6th place, achieving their top world placement thus far in their career. Their sights are firmly set on Milan 2026, and they are honoured to be a part of Team GB.

Benjamin Pritchard

Benjamin Pritchard is a unique ambassador for the GLL Sports Foundation after originally having been supported for his triathlon and cycling ambitions prior to a life changing injury in 2016. Ben spent time rehabilitating from his spinal injury at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he found a new love for the sport of rowing. Benjamin is the holder of 7 Indoor World Records, a World Championship Bronze Medallist and Tokyo Paralympian with a Paralympic Record to boot too. 
 
"The GLL has been a constant support for me over a number of years now and has followed my life from Wales to London and finally to Reading where I train in the hope of reaching Paris 2024. I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received and genuinely feel part of the GLL Family. I hope that one day I can help the GLL Sports Foundation to provide advice/mentorship to younger athletes embarking on their journey with the GLL Sports Foundation family going forward."  

Lotte Clapp

Lotte is Saracens Women's captain and winger. She has led her team to three premiership titles whilst gaining 126 caps for her club. 
This year Lotte began training with the USA Women's side and was later selected for a PAC4 tournament in New Zealand where she gained her first cap for the team. She was then selected in the World Cup squad where she headed back to New Zealand in October. USA managed to get through to the quarter finals where they lost to Canada. 

"The funding and support that GLL has provided has meant that I have been able to balance being a full-time teacher whilst training and playing at an elite level too. I am very grateful for the resources GLL have provided, allowing training to be easier and more enjoyable."  

Sarah Jones

Sarah is an international Hockey player, having made her international debut for Wales back in 2005. Sarah was then called into the GB cycle following the Rio 2016 Olympics, making her Team GB debut during the 2018 Champions Trophy.

Since then she has become a mainstay of the team, featuring in nearly all of GB's FIH Hockey Pro League games in 2019 and 2020 and scored her first international goal for Great Britain against Argentina. She then starred at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, earning numerous plaudits for her skill and determination shown in each game as she helped the team win an emotional bronze medal.

Leading up to the Commonwealth Games in 2022, Sarah said "I am thrilled to be representing Wales at my third Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. I’m hugely grateful for the support of GLL in helping me along my journey for many years."

Tully Kearney

Tully Kearney is a British Paralympic swimmer with Cerebral Palsy and Generalised Dystonia. She is Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Champion and silver medallist, and reigning triple World Champion. Tully holds 3 World Records and multiple European and British Records. Her breakthrough year came in 2015 when she won four Golds, a silver and a bronze at the World Championships in Glasgow, becoming GBR’s highest medal earner of the championships (following which she was runner up for the BBC Young SPOTY award). 

After qualifying for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, she unfortunately had to withdraw shortly before flying out due to an injury triggering a sudden and severe progression in her Dystonia. This meant taking an extended time out of the pool and having to learn to swim again with a much greater level of impairment than previously. Undeterred, she returned to competitive swimming becoming European Champion in 2018, triple World Champion in 2019 (following which she was awarded the Pride of Sport Award), Paralympic Champion in 2021 and triple World Champion in 2022. 

Tully also competes in FrameRunning and is Patron of Dystonia UK. She trains at the Manchester Aquatics Centre and Manchester Regional Arena, both of which are GLL facilities.’

Joanna Muir

Joanna Muir is a British modern pentathlete, who was part of the British squad that won the team event at the 2019 European Modern Pentathlon Championships, and came second in the women's relay event at the 2016 World Modern Pentathlon Championships. She also came second at the opening event of the 2021 Modern Pentathlon World Cup. Muir recently competed in the modern pentathlon event at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics.

“My journey in pentathlon began when I was 14 after a love of all sports as a kid. I then combined my studies at the University of Bath with full time training in 2012. From there I’ve been fortunate enough to compete all over the world and represent GB at many World Cups, World and European Championships and most recently the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 
I have been supported by GLL for a number of years now and it’s played a huge part in allowing me to achieve my dream of competing at an Olympic Games and without financial worry. I’m so grateful to GLL for all the support they’ve given to me.”

Grace Harvey

Grace Harvey is a swimmer that has represented Great Britain at numerous international competitions and England at the Commonwealth Games. She won Silver in the 100m breaststroke SB5 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The following year she became World champion in the 100m breaststroke SB5, alongside winning a silver in the 200m IM SM6 and bronze in the 100m freestyle S6. At the Commonwealth Games in the summer, Grace won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke SB6 – racing up a class as her class wasn’t included in the Commonwealth Games schedule. Additionally she is a 10 time British Record holder and the current world number 1 in the 100m breaststroke SB5. 
 
The support from the GSF has been invaluable over the last few years, it has been amazing to be a part of a community where everyone is striving and achieving success in their sporting fields. GSF has also helped financially enabling me to attend competitions in Berlin and training camps in Lanzarote. 

Lutalo Muhammad

Lutalo Muhammad is a two-time Taekwondo Olympic Medallist and two-time World Grand Prix Champion.

“I love Olympic sports and value the role of guiding young sporting talent and one-day hope to be involved in developing the future direction of British Sport. In my career, I have had my ups and downs but have always been positive and against great odds, I have managed to triumph. I am interested in, and excited by the transformational effects of sports on people regardless of background. Sport is the ultimate equalizer and when organised it demonstrates some of life’s oldest and purest qualities. It lowers life’s many barriers and delivers opportunities, to those in need, those at the margins of society those that seek life’s boundless opportunities through sport.”

“I take great pride in being a member of Team GB, the greatest team in the world, and I do recognize that my Olympic success has given me a fantastic platform and I am delighted to use it to encourage and support my fellow athletes as a GLL Ambassador.”

Perri Shakes-Drayton

Perri is a British retired track and field athlete. After specialising in the 400 metres hurdles in the early part of her career, a knee injury at the 2013 World Championships forced Shakes-Drayton to concentrate on the 400 metres on her return to athletics. She is the 2013 European Indoor Champion in the 400 metres and won a 2012 World Indoor Championship gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay. She has also won silver and bronze medals in the 4 × 400 m relay at the World Championships.

Perri is a big supporter of GLL Sports Foundation and is a Legacy Ambassador. She is also a Trustee for the GSF board, Perri brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding from an athlete and their journey through sport. Which she and GSF Board members believe will provide much needed insight to support the development of the programme and continue to help athletes from all walks of life achieve their dreams.

Ellie Simmonds

At the age of 13, Ellie was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, competing in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, and 200m Individual Medley. She won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.

In 2012, Simmonds repeated her gold performance to win the 400m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, in which she took five seconds off the World Record time. Two days later, she took Gold in the 200m Individual Medley, breaking the World Record that she had set in the qualifying round that morning.

In 2016, at the Rio Paralympics, Ellie defended her Gold medal for the 200m individual medley setting a new world record, the first below 3 minutes at 2:59.81 Simmonds also won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympics.

In addition, Ellie has won ten gold World Championship titles. Ellie has since retired but is still a Legacy Ambassador of the GLL Sport Foundation.

Tom Daley

Tom Daley is a British diver, specialising in multiple events. He is an Olympic gold medallist in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform event at the 2020 Olympics and double world champion in the FINA 10-metre platform event, winning in 2009 at the age of fifteen, and again in 2017. He is an Olympic bronze medallist in the 2012 platform event, the 2016 synchronised event, and the 2020 platform event, making him the first British diver to win four Olympic medals. 

He is a one-time Olympic champion, 3-time World Champion, 2-time junior World Champion, 5-time European champion, and 4-time Commonwealth champion.

Tom is a Legacy ambassador for GSF and has always been a great advocate of the foundation.

Harry Leask

Harry made his mark at the GB Rowing Team senior and U23 trials in April 2018, finishing second among a strong group of senior scullers. That performance saw him selected in the single scull for the first two World Cup regattas of 2018, and the World Championships. 

At the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, he won a bronze medal in the double scull. After racing in the single scull at the World Cup III regatta in 2019, Harry gained a seat in the quad in 2021, before taking a superb silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

“This award will continue to support my aspirations to continue on to the 2024 Paris Olympics and hopefully improve on my Silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.”

Ali Smith

Ali is a British Paralympic athlete who usually competes in 200 metres and 400 metres events in international level events. At Tokyo 2020, she secured the Silver medal in the Mixed 4 × 100 m relay for Team GB. 

“I am so proud to have competed at the Paralympics and come home with a medal, but I'd like to go to Paris 2024 and achieve more. I have received the funding and support previously from GLL and it literally helped get me to the level to compete at Tokyo and it is something I am incredibly grateful for.”

Syerus Eslami

Syerus recently attended Birmingham 2022 to compete in his second Commonwealth Games having won bronze in the men’s freestyle 86kg wrestling in Gold Coast in 2018, where he battled hard through to the quarter finals.

Jeremy Lawlor

Jeremy Lawlor is a Welsh cricketer who has previously played for Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Cardiff MCC University. He holds an Irish passport and plays for the Northern Knights. In February 2021, Lawlor was named in the Ireland Wolves' squad for their tour to Bangladesh, and in July 2021, Lawlor was added to Ireland's One Day International squad for their series against South Africa.

Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa is a British Paralympic athlete who competes in shot put and javelin events in international level events, she is a World and European champion in her disciplines. “By having the support of the GLL Sport Foundation, I not only qualified for Tokyo 2020 and was selected to represent Paralympics GB, but I also had a top five finish. This was my second Paralympic Games!”

Justin Levene

Justin is an international wheelchair athlete and is an active champion of disability rights around the world. "The support I have received over the years has been invaluable to my success. I have always wanted to give back as much as possible to GLL and hope that my continued engagement with my local centres has demonstrated this."