Special Olympics GB When Anna discovered Special Olympics she was immediately inspired by their mission to provide year-round sports training and competition for people with learning disabilities. Anna has been an ambassador since 2008. The Special Olympics movement was founded in 1968 by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who believed that the Olympic ideals of sport could give confidence and new hope to people with learning disabilities as well as to those who cared for them. Special Olympics now reaches over 2.25 million athletes in 160 countries worldwide. Anna is a passionate ambassador for Special Olympics GB and regularly takes time to support fundraising and profile raising events as well as interaction with the athletes.
Special Olympics athlete's motto:
"let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt."
The Chrysalis Effect Anna has recently become an ambassador for the Chrysalis Effect, after discovering their shared mindset around recovery from ME and CFS. Anna recovered from CFS using similar techniques and is passionate about raising awareness that recovery is possible. The Chrysalis Effect is a not for profit organisation pioneering recovery worldwide. It provides immediate access to a proven, positive evidence based recovery programme, regardless of where a person is in the world, or how unwell they are. It was founded by Elaine Wilkins and the mission since 2009 has been to change the prevailing negative mindset that ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia are long term chronic conditions. The research focused on what people did to recover fully - not just manage symptoms.
The mission was very clear:
- To raise awareness that Recovery is Possible
- To train accredited specialist practitioners who could tailor step by step recovery support
- To work with GP's to offer a fully integrated holistic model of healthcare.