Anna has been an ambassador for Special Olympic GB since 2008. Anna met CEO Karen Wallin at the annual SportsAid ball in 2007 and was immediately inspired by the Special Olympics mission; which is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with learning disabilities. They also offer opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The Special Olympics movement was founded in 1968 by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F Kennedy, 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.
Special Olympics is a lifetime of learning through sport and involves individuals with a learning disability of all ages and ability levels – from low motor abilities to highly-skilled athletes. 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.
Anna says” I really enjoying being an ambassador for such an inspiring organisation. The athlete's motto is "let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt." This is just fantastic and is the spirit in which all sport should be played. As an Olympic athlete I hope to be able to spread the word about Special Olympics, raise the profile and reach out to as many people with learning disabilities because it really is hugely rewarding for all of those involved.
For more information on Special Olympics GB visit http://www.sogb.org.uk/