Our All Together Ambassador of the Month is Matthew Robinson Jayes. Matthew has attended a number of training courses for his ambassador role including Sensory Awareness, Learning Disabilities and Personal Training, Emergency First Aid, Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Boccia Leaders. Since then Matthew has been helping deliver boccia at events across West Essex as well as helping at All Ability Sports and Leisure. Thank you for all your work Matthew!

See below inspirational profiles of our All Together Ambassadors who are helping us to champion disability and inclusive sport and physical activity across Essex.

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    Our All Together Ambassadors are incredible role models who are inspiring disabled people in the community to get involved in sport and physical activity opportunities in Essex. Our ambassadors represent a variety of disabilities and impairments and are either participants, advocates or coaches themselves. They are promoting our All Together campaign which aims to promote and help increase the disability and inclusive sport opportunities available and they demonstrate that regardless of your disability, sport can be a fun, enjoyable and important part of everyone’s life.

     

    If you would like to find out more about All Together campaign please contact hayley.chapman@activeessex.org

Anne Wafula-Strike

Hi my name is Anne; I took up wheelchair racing after the birth of my son. I became the first wheelchair racer from East Africa to compete in a Paralympic Games and when I became a British citizen I joined Team GB. I won medals internationally, as well…

Charlie Latimer

Hi my name is Charlie; I have always been a keen sports woman playing lots of school sport at Market Field School. When I was in year 6 I was the first girl to run in the Mid Essex Special Schools Association sports competition for children from years…

Daniel Moores

Hi my name is Daniel; I am the Youth Representative, Child Welfare Officer and Website administrator for Essex Soccability League and the CEO & Founder of Westcliff United Soccability Club. I have always been a sporting person, representing Essex i…

David Morphew

Hi my name is David; I am a happily married man with 4 children. I got my spinal cord injury in 2006 after an accident at work lifting a 140kg roll of vinyl crushing my Spinal Cord resulting in a 7 hour surgery. Eventually I ended up at the Royal Natio…

Donna Robinson

Hi my name is Donna and I am a member of Sport for Confidence. Sport for Confidence is a pioneering initiative, which supports people with disabilities to participate in a variety of sporting activities. I originally came to Sport for Confidence at Bas…

Freya Levy

Hi my name is Freya and I’m a wheelchair basketball player from Rayleigh. Before becoming disabled in 2010 I played rugby and football at county level and had trials with the Arsenal Ladies football team. I then had to find a new sport and came across…

Gareth Gailey

Hi my name is Gareth and I am the project leader for Team2gether, a running group that helps those with Mental Health issues access running groups and engage in exercise. I have been a keen runner since I was 11 and entered my first half marathon at 14…

James Wheeler

Hi my name is James; I am the operations manager for Brentwood Leisure Trust and Director of Fitness In Mind (FIM). I used to do karate and football when I was younger; I then went into the forces to where I gained the love for physical activity. I bec…

Justine Harrington

Hi my name is Justine; I was born with a visual impairment and have always had some interest in exercise and physical activity such as swimming. I became interested in trampolining through word of mouth, as this is something I have always wanted to be…

Keeley Beech

Hi my name is Keeley; I injured my shoulder in 2011 and was introduced to yoga to help the shoulder and other muscle tightness brought on by my physical job and the exercise I participated in.  I was amazed by the benefits of yoga physically, emotional…

Kierran Pearce

Hi my name is Kierran, I am involved with teaching PE in my current role and through my work with the Multi-Schools Council I have helped develop sport provision for children with SEN. At school I was always a keen sportsman, playing for the school foo…

Lee Patmore

Hi my name is Lee, I’m an archer and Handcyclist and I am the Inclusion Co-ordinator at the Brentwood Centre. I was forced to leave the Royal Navy in 1999 after three years of service with a back issue and unexplained numbness on the left side of my bo…

Matthew Robinson Jayes

Hi my name is Matthew, I was born with Cerebral Palsy but my disability does not prevent me from participating in as many sports as possible including; wheelchair basketball, trampolining, multi sports and horse riding. Whether it is actively participa…

Noel Thatcher

Hi my name is Noel; I am an athletics participant and volunteer, physiotherapist and patron of British Blind Sport. I participated in a British Blind Sport VI schools athletics championship as a young person and I could never have predicted the impact…

Oliver Lancashire

Hi my name is Oliver; I am a cricket player and a kayak paddler from Kelvedon, Braintree. I have a genetic condition that has left me with learning difficulties and dyspraxia as well as challenges fully understanding what people say to me or what I rea…

Paul Guest

Hi my name’s Paul and I’m a national league wheelchair basketball player from Kirby le-Soken, Tendring. I’m also involved in other sports such as handcycling, wheelchair rugby and powerlifting too. After being disabled from the armed forces I lost my w…

Richard Chiassaro

Hi my name is Richard; I’m an Essex Paralympian competing in wheelchair racing. I started racing in 2009 in the hope to be selected for the London 2012 games but unfortunately that didn’t happen. However I decided to carry on training for Rio 2016 in t…

Richard Naylor-Jones

Hi my name is Richard; I am a karate participant, club coach and national referee.  I have voluntary roles with the Karate Union of Great Britain as the Southern Region Secretary, Disability Officer and Mental Health Charter Advocate. Sport is importan…

Robert Loaring-Adams

Hi my name is Robert; I’ve always been active, and have had “outdoors jobs’ my entire career. As a young farmer, I played football and tug of war regularly, and when I met my now wife, Ellie, we would go running together (although she would often have…

Sophie Biebuyck

Hi my name is Sophie; I have never been ‘sporty’ but when I lost my hearing I lost a huge amount of confidence and started to put on weight. This all changed when I got my hearing dog, Rusty. As I was walking him and getting more active I thought I cou…

Suzanne Warren

Hi my name is Suzanne; I am a Para-swimmer from Holland-on-Sea, Tendring. Sport and physical activity has always been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. As a family we all participated in sports and outdoor activities as a group but also…