The BPA today announced that London 2012 double gold medallist Natasha Baker (Equestrian) and double Paralympic medallist Mel Clarke (Archery) will be athlete ambassadors for the next ParalympicsGB Sports Fest, which offers disabled people the chance to “Try the Sports, Meet the Medallists, Get Inspired”.
The multi-medallists will both attend the event, a free two-day multi-sport event that will be held at the University of Worcester Arena, on Sunday November 24 and Monday November 25.
Baker won two gold medals on her Paralympic debut in London and went on to support the inaugural Sports Fest in Surrey last December, where over 1,000 people attended over the course of two days. Having experienced the event previously, she was thrilled to be named as an athlete ambassador for the event in Worcester.
She said: “I can’t wait to attend the event in Worcester, and I’d encourage anyone who is curious about trying new Paralympic sports to sign-up. Sports Fest provides the opportunity for people to explore a whole host of Paralympic sports all under one roof. If you’ve ever wanted to get into sport and get more active but haven’t known where to begin, then Sports Fest is the perfect place to start.
“Many people have been motivated to seek out more competitive opportunities after watching the Games, so it’s fantastic that they can also come down to Sports Fest and learn from the experiences of ParalympicsGB athletes.”
Baker and Clarke both join the line-up alongside London 2012 gold medallist Josie Pearson and silver medallist Dan Greaves. Also confirmed to attend to festival of sport are: World Champion Richard Hennehane (Archery), Paralympic bronze medallist Jon Hall (Wheelchair Basketball), 2012 Paralympian Louise Hunt (Wheelchair Tennis), and 2016 prospect Piers Gilliver (Wheelchair Fencing).
Meanwhile high-profile Paralympians including Sarah Storey, Hannah Russell, Pam Relph have all tweeted their support for the event.
Quadruple gold medallist at London 2012, Sarah Storey tweeted recently: “Interested in getting involved in elite sport or want to try something new? Sign up to @ParalympicsGB #SportsFest”, while gold medallist in rowing Pam Relph commented: “Any potential para-rowers out there? Get yourself along to #SportsFest.”
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the BPA, said: “It’s wonderful to hear that Natasha and Mel are joining us to celebrate Sports Fest in Worcester. We know that the achievements of our athletes at London 2012 have encouraged many people to explore how they can get more involved in disability sport and I believe it’s incredibly beneficial to let athletes share their perspective with visitors to Sports Fest.
”Our ambassadors Natasha, Mel, Josie and Dan are all incredibly passionate about Paralympic sport and I would really encourage people to register for the event so that they can find out more about what inspires and motivates them.”
Sports Fest features come-and-try sessions for the vast majority of Paralympic summer and winter sports and meet the medallists sessions, where attendees have the opportunity to ask questions, meet the athletes and receive autographs.
The ParalympicsGB Sports Fest will go to different regions in the UK in 2013 and 2014. Register for the Worcester event or for more information on future events via www.sportsfest.uk.com