We have a number of ambassadors who advocate & champion the work of GreaterSport, with the aim to get people active across Greater Manchester.
Claire entered the world stage at only 16 years old, qualifying for Athens and coming home with 2 bronze medals, picking up a further bronze at the games in Beijing in 2008. London 2012 saw her selected as one of the faces of Channel 4's hugely successful Meet The Superhumans campaign, as well as adding another bronze and two silver medals to her tally.
Rio 2016 saw Claire reach new heights, in her fourth Paralympic Games she brought home a further silver medal and her first gold. Since the games, Claire has taken on a new challenge by switching discipline to Para-Triathlon.
“It is such a privilege to be asked to be an ambassador for GreaterSport. I am very passionate about sport. Sport has developed me as a person, and has given me the confidence I lacked in other areas of my life as a youngster. To inspire a generation was the motto from the incredible summer of 2012 and I want to give something back and hopefully inspire and change many life’s for the better!” April 2013
Martin is a former Great Britain Taekwondo athlete, having competed at the highest level for many years, he retired and took up coaching in late 2015. The former World bronze and European silver medallist in the -68kg category, and semi-finalist at the London 2012 Games, took up a coaching role with GB Taekwondo to bring on the next generation of athletes and is now their High Performance Coach.
“It’s such an honour to be a ambassador for such a great charity, I am a perfect example of how sport can change your life for the better and I am really looking forward to helping other people achieve great things through sport” April 2013
Stacey Copeland is an elite athlete who has represented her country in both boxing and football. As a footballer she played in the FA Cup and Premier League for Doncaster Belles. Following which she spent five years on a football scholarship at St.Edward's University in America, finally finishing her career with a season in the Swedish women's league for Vasalunds in Stockholm. A European silver medallist, three-time national champion, and now one of only six professional female boxers in the UK, and Manchester's only female pro, Stacey is determined to pave the way for others as she pursues her sporting dreams.
"It is an honour to be an ambassador for GreaterSport, I have seen firsthand the positive impact their campaigns and initiatives make on people's lives in our community. I truly believe in the power of sport to change people's lives, I have yet to meet somebody who has not had their lives enriched from their involvement in sport! Sport has given me some of the best experiences of my life, and it is my greatest privilege as an athlete to have the opportunity to inspire others, this is something I hope to be able to do through this partnership with Greater Sport." June 2017
Nicola White MBE
Nicola is an England and Great Britain hockey player from Oldham, Greater Manchester. Having first picked up a stick at the age of seven, she rose through the ranks, making her first senior England debut in June 2009. She has competed at two Olympic Games winning a bronze medal at London 2012 and was part of the 2016 gold medal winning team in Rio. Since Rio, Nicola has focused on "winning after winning", both on the pitch as she prepares for Tokyo 2020 and by using her platform to inspire future generations.
“I’m extremely passionate about sport and I’m proud to become a GreaterSport ambassador so that I can further inspire others to achieve their dreams whilst seeing and experiencing the many benefits physical activity can have.” October 2017
Kiera was a triple gold medalist at the Special Olympics in 2015. Aged 19 from Bolton she has learning disabilities and pinpoints starting cycling, aged 12 as a major turning point in her life.
Away from competing she represents Special Olympic GB on the European Special Olympics committee, is a student at Bolton University studying a BTEC level 3 in Sport, is a strider bike instructor and ambassador, as well as speaking at schools to share her story and the importance of being active.
“Cycling has made a real difference to my life and I want to help make sure that other young people with learning disabilities have an opportunity to be active. I feel lucky to be working with GreaterSport to use my story and experiences to help and inspire others.” January 2018