Our Ambassadors

Why ambassadors have chosen to support us

Sport affects people in different ways. We want to be able to offer people positive experiences through sport and physical activity with the help of sports people from around the country.

Doncaster-born taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson MBE and World, Olympic and European gymnast Craig Heap became Ambassadors of Active Fusion in 2019 and have been heavily involved in the charity’s activities ever since.

Both Sarah and Craig are involved in the work of Active Fusion in a variety of ways, from social media support to visiting children and young people at our physical activity events, sharing their stories of sporting inspiration.

Both Sarah and Craig have said that their lives would not have been the same if it was not for the opportunities that sport presented them and teamed up with Active Fusion to help promote, share and live their values to help every child develop a love for being active.

“I used to be a very shy person. Taking part in taekwondo helped me to come out of my shell and find a confidence and self-belief that hadn’t previously been there.

Sport isn’t only about physical capability – it’s all about the skills being physically active and taking up sport can bring out in young people. A lot of the skills you need to be successful in life are required to be successful in sport, such as communication, dedication, commitment and hard work. I can see that bringing out these skills through sport are part and parcel of Active Fusion’s ethos and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

Sarah Stevenson MBE

“I wasn’t the most academic in school and didn’t always apply myself as much as I should have. I faced a lot of challenges – it wasn’t easy being a gymnast and attending an all-boys school, and I was even told that I wasn’t strong or talented enough to be a successful gymnast.

But despite all that, I persevered and eventually achieved a lifelong dream of competing at the Olympics, where I got a personal best score. Not applying myself as much as I should at school has had implications in other parts of my life. When I meet young people now, I always tell them to apply themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the best – as long as you work hard, you’ll achieve things. I support Active Fusion because I believe my journey is reflected in the work they do.”

Craig Heap

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