Our Athlete Mentors

Through our programmes, the Youth Sport Trust is deploying some of Britain’s most successful world class athletes into schools to inspire young people and improve thousands of lives all across the UK.

The Athlete Mentors can help to tackle declining emotional wellbeing and resilience in young people and attitudes to learning.

Schools can work with our athletes in many ways, either by getting involved in one of our highly successful programmes or by arranging a visit to your school for an event or specific mentoring.

To find out more please click on one of the following links. A list of current Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors is available below.

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East Midlands

Maria

Bertelli

A volleyball player who competed for Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also played football for Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic between 2002 and 2007.

Claire

Cashmore

A World Champion Parathriathlete and former Paralympic swimmer who has won medals in every Paralympic Games since 2004.

Yasmin

Clarke

A former professional tennis player who competed at Junior Wimbledon in 2005/2006. She now coaches tennis to people of all ages and abilities in Derbyshire.

Sam

Ruddock

A British record holder in athletics. He represented Team GB at London 2012 for sprinting and in the 2016 Paralympic Games for shot put.

James

Shaw

A wheelchair tennis Quad Singles and Doubles champion who has ranked 11 in the world and 2 in Britain.

Jade

Windley

A former professional tennis player who has won 19 professional tennis titles, ranked at British number 5 and competed at Wimbledon in 2013.

East of England

Rachel

Laybourne

A former professional volleyball player who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame and competed in the London 2012 Olympics.

Mike

Mullen

A former professional BMXer who is a six times half pipe champion and former master world champion.

Alistair

Patrick-Heselton

A former professional footballer for QPR and Paralympic footballer who competed at London 2012 and was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

London

Montell

Douglas

A former professional sprinter who now competes in bobsleigh for Team GB. She won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and previously held a British Record.

Steve

Frew

A former professional gymnast who won Scotland’s first ever gymnastics Commonwealth gold medal in 2002. He also was a Ninja Warrior UK finalist in 2017.

Jeanette

Kwakye

A former professional sprinter and British Champion who reached the 100m final of the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Tim

Prendergast

A Paralympian who has won two silver medals and a gold medal in T13 middle distance running while representing New Zealand.

Alexander

Slabinsky

A former professional tennis player who ranked as British number 4 and competed in five Grand Slam events, including Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open.

North East

Amanda

Coulson

A former professional boxer who in 2011 became Great British Champion and has won a silver medal three times in the European Union Championships.

Katy

Storie

A rugby union player and former weightlifter who has, with the England team, won a silver medal in the Rugby World Cup and won the Six Nations four times.

North West

Neil

Danns

A former professional skateboarder who became British Skateboard Champion twice as well as European Skateboard Champion.

Jenna

Downing

A world champion inline skater who has also been British Champion ten times.

Courtney

Fry

A former professional boxer who has competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games and is a European Silver Medallist.

Charlotte

Hartley

A former professional hockey player who won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and won gold at the 2000 Sydney Junior Olympics.

Craig

Collis-McCann

A former Paralympic athlete who has ranked as British number one in two different sports: cycling and wheelchair fencing. He competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Games for wheelchair fencing and won a silver medal in the time trial World Championships.

Scotland

Sarah

Clark

A former professional judoka and triple Olympian who won a gold medal in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also became European Champion in 2006.

South East

Toby

Garbett

A former professional rower and triathlete who competed at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and became a World Champion in 2000 and 2001.

Lesley

Owusu

A former professional sprinter who has been a World Master Champion, Multiple Indoor Champion and British Champion.

Aaron

Phipps

A professional wheelchair rugby player who has competed in the London 2012 Paralympics and was the first wheelchair user to scale Kilimanjaro unassisted.

Ian

Rose

A former professional Paralympic judoka who has won two Paralympic, five World Championship and nine European Championship medals.

Jessica

Weeks

A former British number two women's tennis player and the winner of 25 career titles. She now has her own business which supports athletes and young people.

South West

Jamie

Barrow

Britain’s fastest snowboarder and former Snowboard Cross British Youth Champion and three-time British Junior Champion.

Kate

Grey

A former Paralympic swimmer who won silver and bronze medals at the 2009 World Championships.

Craig

Figes

A former professional water polo player who captained Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. He has also won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was a British Champion.

David

Hill

A Paralympic swimmer and Parathriathlete who has competed in two Paralympic Games in two sports. He is also a World and European Medallist and British Champion.

Louise

Hunt

A professional wheelchair tennis player who has competed in two Paralympic Games and twice at Wimbledon. She has ranked in the top 10 world rankings in singles and doubles.

Cassie

Patten

A former Olympic 10km open water swimmer who has won an Olympic bronze medal and is a two-time World Silver medallist.

Vernon

Samuels

A former triple jumper who has competed in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, European Championships and was ranked number 1 GB indoor Triple Jumper.

Nolli

Waterman

A professional rugby player who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a World Cup winner.

Annie

Vernon

A former professional rower who won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is also a World Championships Gold Medallist.

Wales

Tom

Haffield

A former professional swimmer who has competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is a Commonwealth and British Record Holder.

Liz

Johnson

A former professional swimmer who is Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medallist. She is also a triple World Championships gold medallist.

West Midlands

Mel

Clarke

A professional archer who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal at London 2012. She is also a multiple World Record holder.

Tom

Davis

A professional Judoka who has been both a British Champion and Commonwealth Champion.

Nathan

Douglas

A professional athlete who specialises in triple jump. He is a double Olympian, double European medallist and is a national Champion and record holder.

Richard

Parker

A professional inline skater who is a five times European Champions, an X Games silver medallist and was the second person in the world to land a double backflip 180.

Yorkshire and Humber

Paul

Broadbent

A former professional rugby league player who was a World Cup finalist and Challenge Cup winner.

Antony

Cotterill

A professional wheelchair tennis player who competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He is also a Doubles Masters World Champion and French Open double winner.

Anna

Fitzpatrick

A former professional tennis player who has competed six times at Wimbledon, has ranked as British number 2 and won 22 international titles.

Rachael

Mackenzie

A former professional boxer and Thai boxer who is also an ABA England Boxing Silver Medallist and World Thai Boxing Champion.

Nicola

Minichiello

A former professional bobsleigh athlete who is a triple Olympian and World Champion.

Jenny

Wallwork

A former professional badminton player who is a Commonwealth silver and bronze medallist and European silver and bronze medallist.