We are delighted to announce 5 new World Intellectual Impairment Sport athlete ambassadors as part of Global ID Sports Week.Lenine Cuhna (Portugal), Alberto Cambell (Australia), Wai Lok Tai (Hong Kong), Ka Man Wong (Hong Kong) and Eldrich George (South Africa) join existing athlete ambassador Jessica-Jane Applegate (Great Britain).
The announcements are part of Global ID Sports Week – a week-long celebration of sport for athletes with an intellectual disability across the world.
Lenine is one World Intellectual Impairment Sport’ most successful athletes collecting more than 160 international medals since his debut in 2000. He was a bronze-meddalist at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London competing in Long Jump.
Alberto is a 24 year old multi-talented cricket and football player from Grahamstown in South Africa. He was first spotted playing at school level and was later selected to the National Team that competed in the World Intellectual Impairment Sport Cricket Tri-Nations against Australia and England that took place in Kimberley, South Africa in 2014.
In 2015, Wai Lok Tai and Ka Man Wong became the first winners of the World Intellectual Impairment Sport Awards. As a swimmer in both World Intellectual Impairment Sport and Paralympic competition, Wai Lok is one of Asia’s top swimmers with an intellectual disability whilst Ka Man is a 2012 Paralympic Gold meddalist in table tennis.
Alberto Cambell is a Jamaican born sprinter now representing Australia. He is part of Australia’s “Winning Edge” and is hoping for qualification to the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero.
Announcing the appointments, Amaury Russo (World Intellectual Impairment Sport President) said “I am delighted that Lenine, Alberto, Wai Lok, Ka Man and Alberto have become athlete ambassadors for World Intellectual Impairment Sport. As we celebrate the organisations 30th anniversary, we are determined to give athletes with an intellectual disability a greater voice and the platform upon which they can inspire more young athletes from across the world to get involved”.
Global ID Sports Week runs from 25th June to 1st July and will see a series of events and announcements taking place around the world.
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