The Athlete Mentors work across all of Youth Sport Trust programmes and camps and visit schools up and down the country inspiring young people to take part in more PE and school sport. One of the biggest programmes which they support on is Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. The free initiative is open to UK & Ireland secondary schools and uses sports stars and skills learnt through sport to build confidence and develop life skills.
For the first time ever, Danielle and Heather will participate in Rugby Sevens for Team GB, whilst Alex and Helen will be looking to add to their medal collection after winning Bronze medals at London 2012. Claire will also be hoping to get on the podium, four years after winning two Silver medals at London 2012.
The full list of Athlete Mentors competing include:
- Alex Danson & Helen Richardson-Walsh – Hockey
- Danielle Waterman & Heather Fisher – Rugby 7’s
- Natalya Coyle - Modern Pentathlon (Ireland)
- Thomas Barr – Athletics (Ireland)
- Claire Cashmore - Swimming
- Gemma Collis - Fencing
- David Hill - Triathlon (PT4)
- Emma Wiggs – Canoeing
- Sam Ruddock & Samantha Kinghorn – Athletics
- Michael Mckillop - Athletics – Ireland
Will Roberts, Assistant Director at the Youth Sport Trust said:
“We want to wish all our Athlete Mentors who are competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the very best of luck. They truly are an amazing group of people and we are honoured to work with world class athletes who share their inspirational stories of advocacy to inspire young people to achieve through sport.”