Kiera Byland, triple gold medalist at the last Special Olympics in 2015 has been named as an ambassador to help inspire more young people to be active, especially those with learning difficulties.
Kiera, aged 19 from Bolton, has learning disabilities and pinpoints starting cycling, aged 12 as a major turning point in her life. She has since represented Great Britain at the Special Olympics, 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. Kiera picked up Bolton’s Volunteer of the Year award at their annual Sports Awards event in 2017 for her work across the borough.
Kiera commented; “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.”
Yvonne Harrison, CEO of GreaterSport commented; “We are delighted to have Kiera as an ambassador. She is a local athlete who is extremely passionate about ensuring that young people with learning disabilities have an opportunity to be active. We have worked with Kiera before with great impact and we are hoping that going forward we can help more young people with a learning disability understand the importance of being active and the difference it can make to their lives as well as ensuring they have the opportunity to do so across Greater Manchester.”
Kiera is launching FIT 5 in the North West on Saturday 20th January. FIT 5 is a Special Olympic programme that aims to provide a guide to achieving fitness and your personal best with physical activity, nutrition and hydration. For more information on FIT 5 please email [email protected].
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