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.

    If you would like to sign up as an ambassador click here!

    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

Alex Innes

I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) when I was 7 years old, but never truly felt the impact of it until I lost my sight in 2016 from having cataract surgery which antagonised my sight from 85% to now just 7%. It completely changed my world a…

Alex Turley

I had always been active through school, taking part in various sport teams including football, swimming, horse riding and later weight lifting in the gym. When I became disabled it was so sudden, with losing the feeling in my leg within hours that it…

Andrea Hall

First and foremost I’m a mum to 3 little pickles as I call them, 2 of which are on the Autistic Spectrum so they keep me on my toes.  After having my 3 I put on a lot of weight, I was just over 17 stone and wanted to find ME again. I lost 5 stone and f…

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…

Ben Ashley

At around the age of 20 I decided to get fit and attended a bootcamp with some friends of the family. The man who ran the sessions had a gym and encouraged me to join. I started having some personal training and became really determined to pursue this…

Billy Mansell

All my life I have been passionate about sport and physical activity, when I was younger I competed in various sports at high levels and loved it. I competed and coached until I was 20 and also achieved a level 3 extended Diploma in Sports Coaching, De…

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…

Chris Mcleod

Hi my name is Chris and I am a participant and volunteer at Sport for Confidence. I have always had issues with depression, anxiety and self-confidence but when I met my then OT Lyndsey Barrett about 13 years ago we started going out and about and then…

Daniel Adams

Daniel joined The Griffin Bowls Club in 2010 as a young 20 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome. His social and communication skills at the beginning were quite limited. One of the bowls club’s coaches, John, took Daniel under his wing and began to coach…

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…

Gary Perryman

Hi my name is Gary and I manage Colchester VI Running Network and I am a England Athletics VI Running Champion. I have always been interested in sport and played football through school up until my late twenties (then life got in the way). I started ru…

Jackie Howlett

5 years ago before Fibromyalgia I use to do sport all the time. I use to run and this had slowly diminished from 2015 and I just continued walking my dog because it kept me going. After various scans and investigations on a long journey from NHS and pr…

Jonathan Bone

In 2013 I joined Chelmsford City Mencap, I was one of the founding members of the club. This is my 6th year at the club and I love playing for the team, before joining the team I wasn’t really part of anything so when I joined the team it gave me a new…

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…

Kaiya Latham

Hi, my name is Kaiya and my sport is Circus Skills for fitness and creative purposes. I was diagnosed with high functioning autism and dyspraxia when I was in my early 20s after many years of struggling without any support. I started to learn aerial ci…

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…

Laura Evans

I used to be a carer in the community and long hours, poor eating and not looking after my health, as well as being mum to 6 children, I became very ill and was hospitalized because of my asthma. My sister was a swimming teacher and was helping me with…

Lucy Hodges MBE

I am an award-winning world champion sailor, mentor and disability sports ambassador. I am one of the UK’s most successful disabled sailors being 3 times Blind Match Racing World Champion and three times World Blind Fleet Racing Champion. In December 1…

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…

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…

Samantha Holmes

My name is Sam and I’ve just become an all together ambassador. I’m an England athletics run leader and a walking for health walk leader plus a YMCA fitness instructor too. I suffer from mental health issues and I find going out for a walk or run can r…

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…

Therese Hunt

As a child I became a campaigner for the inclusion of disabled children in sport and play.  This led me to become an advisor to the Department of Education in my early teens, a position which involved meeting government ministers from various departmen…

Toby Wheeler

Toby is a young man who has Cerebral Palsy. He has been told he has the most positive and infectious outlook on life. Toby feels like nothing is ever impossible, despite his disability, he is determined and focused. Just a few years ago Toby started wa…

Wali Noori

Hi, my name is Wali and this is my story. In 2009, when I was in my second year as a translator and cultural advisor to the British Army in my homeland of Afghanistan, I was blinded by an Improvised Explosive Device. After prolonged treatment I was re-…

Zoe McKenzie

I have always been active to manage my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (type III) symptoms but it was my diagnosis of Lupus in June 2017 that made me adapt the way I exercised. I started Actively Autoimmune, which is an an online space advocating exercise as a…