Retired GREAT BRITAIN hurdler, Andy Turner, has become the latest athlete ambassador for World Intellectual Impairment Sport.
Yorkshire based charity World Intellectual Impairment Sport, the World Governing Body for athletes with an intellectual disability announced their delight today that 2013 World Champion bronze medalist Andy has agreed to take up this role.
Andy joins 2012 Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate on the team Ambassador team, with further announcements expected soon.
Nick Parr, Executive Director of World Intellectual Impairment Sport said: “As the global governing body for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability, I am delighted that Andy has agreed to support our organisation and help us do even more for athletes with an intellectual disability. Although disability sport receives a greater profile than ever before, people with an intellectual disability are still too-often isolated and find it much more difficult to access sport, to compete and to aspire to be the best. World Intellectual Impairment Sport exists to change this and with Andy on board as an Ambassador we really can make a huge difference for the 130,000 athletes we support. Especially in the lead up to Rio next year.”
Andy Turner said: “As an international athlete I know just how hard it is to fit in the many hours of fundraising, training and competition that is needed to achieve success at the top level. I have always been inspired by para-athletes for overcoming the additional barriers that having a disability can sometimes create, and look forward to working with World Intellectual Impairment Sport to give more athletes with an intellectual disability the opportunity to enjoy athletics and be the very best.”