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Paralympic swimming star Kate Grey set to inspire the next generation
Continuing the theme of female athlete role models, Paralympic swimming sensation Kate Grey has been officially named as the National Athlete Role Model for the Inclusive Futures initiative.
Inclusive Futures is a leadership and volunteering initiative funded by Spirit of 2012 and run by the Youth Sport Trust. Coordinators based across the 8 major UK cities will be working with young volunteers between the ages of 14-19 to find each of them a placement in a school or community club.
The aim is to increase the capacity of local providers who can deliver fully inclusive physical activities and sport opportunities for the benefit of the entire community, whilst raising the profile of sports volunteering for young disabled people.
Kate has been selected as the National Athlete Role Model for the programme due to her passion for mentoring and working with young people to promote the power of sport.
Despite losing her left hand in a freak accident at 2 years old, nothing got in the way of Kate’s ‘can-do’ attitude:
"…the word ‘can’t’ was not in my dictionary and I gained a lot of satisfaction from proving people wrong…I have always been a confident girl and proud of who I am.”
This strong, inspirational mind-set, alongside her huge appetite for being active has led Kate to reach the pinnacle of her sport, competing on the greatest stage of all when she represented GB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Kate: "My own disability happened when I was two years old ... However it didn’t stop me from playing with my school friends and learning to catch, climb and skip like any other child. Being treated the same as everyone else was a huge help in finding my potential as a swimmer.
I am delighted to have been appointed the Inclusive Futures National Athlete Role Model. It is a programme that represents what is truly great about sport - that anyone and everyone can take part in some way.”
For more information about the Inclusive Futures Initiative: http://bit.ly/1tAa3KF
Read Kate Grey’s blog: http://bit.ly/1z6EBX5
Read Kate’s Inspirational Story: http://bit.ly/18yE7k0