inspire+ is very proud to currently be working with all 5 of our ambassadors these include; Paralympian Sam Ruddock, Adventurer Sarah Outen MBE, 401 Marathon Runner Ben Smith, Olympic Swimmer Sophie Allen and Paralympic High Jump Silver Medallist Jonathan Broom-Edwards. All 5 of our ambassadors visiting our schools on a regular basis and setting the children challenges and competitions to help inspire them into achieving healthy active lifestyles and being the best they can be!
Ben inspired countless of people around the country with his challenge of running 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days. He did this to raise awareness of bullying in the UK. Ben was awarded with BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016; Helen Rollason Award for his outstanding achievement. Ben joined the inspire+ ambassador team in May 2016. Ben is continuing to raise awareness of bullying in our schools through assemblies and workshops.
Jonathan is a Paralympic athlete competing in the High Jump, in his first major international competition, the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon in July 2013, Jonathan set a new personal best of 2.08m, attaining a Silver Medal. At the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, September 2016, Jonathan managed a season’s best of 2.10m to secure Silver at his Paralympics debut! The road has now begun to Tokyo 2020. Jonathan also recently competed in London at the World Para Athletics Championships in July 2017 and jumped 2.08m to secure yet another Silver medal!
Sam has competed across the disciplines of athletics for Great Britain since 2012, running the 100 and 200 metres at the London Paralympic Games and throwing in the field events, specifically the shot put at Rio 2016. He found great success in the latter event, securing a European silver medal that year and breaking the British record (13.75m) in 2015. Sam has worked with inspire+ since 2013 and each year sees him tour our schools giving whole school assemblies.
Sarah Outen MBE
Sarah is a local adventurer who in November 2015 completed the amazing journey of London2London via the world using human power only; rowing, cycling and kayaking. Sarah became an ambassador for inspire+ in 2014 whilst still on her 4 and a half year adventure. While Sarah was completing her adventure our schools had live satellite calls and email contact with Sarah. We created and published a scheme of work around Sarah's adventure to incorporate geography and science into the inspiration of Sarah's adventure for children to learn from. Sarah is now going to be visiting all our schools giving assemblies, holding workshops and giving talks about her adventure and aiming to inspire young people into getting out and active.
Sophie is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer. Sophie joined the inspire+ Ambassador team in 2015 and has become a valuable member of the team being involved in a number of programmes. This includes mentoring, running gifted & talented sessions and promoting girls in sport through half-day visits with all our schools and giving assemblies and workshops to girls in years 5 & 6.