Our Ambassadors

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Our Ambassadors

Our team of Ambassadors share our objectives of supporting young people to increase sports participation, enhance life skills and create a greater knowledge of health and wellbeing. In addition to fulfilling the overall objectives of each Mintridge Foundation programme they undertake, each of our Ambassadors has their own story, their own different journey and their own unique messages to share with their students.


Asma Elbadawi
Sport: Basketball

Ben Smith
Sport: Cricket

Dan Powell
Sport: Visually Impaired Judo

Danielle Brown MBE
Sport: Para-Archery

Eboni Usoro-Brown 
Sport: Netball

 Emily Linscott
Sport:Racing Driver

 Emma Wiggs MBE
Sport: Para – Canoeing


Evie Toombes
Sport: Para Show Jumping 

Fil Kamps
Sport: Football

George Furbank
Sport: Rugby Union 

Georgia Lees
Sport: Netball

Georgina Roberts
Sport: Olympic Trap Shooting

Grace Harrison

Grace Harrison
Sport: Gymnastics

Hannah Diamond
Sport: Sailing

Heather Fell

Heather Fell
Sport: Modern Pentathlon

Henni Zuel
Sport: Golf

Iona Lake
Sport: Athletics

Jade Windley
Sport: Tennis Player

James Golding
Sport: Endurance Cycling

Jamie Andrew OBE
Sport: Mountaineering

Jamie Cachia
Sport: Hockey

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball

Justine Lucas
Sport: Rugby Union

Kelvin Batey
Sport: BMX Racing

Kristian Callaghan
Sport: Target shooter

Laura Sugar
Sport: Para–Athletics

Liz Cann
Sport: Badminton

Lizzie Simmonds
Sport: Swimming

Mal Loye
Sport: Cricket

Marilyn Okoro
Sport: Athletics

Marko Backovic
Sport: Basketball

Molly Thompson – Smith
Sport: Lead Climbing

Nekoda Davis
Sport: Judo

Pamela Cookey
Sport: Netball

Patrick Foster
Sport: Cricket

Rebecca Gallantree
Sport: Diving

Shona McCallin
Sport: Hockey

Stevie Eskinazi
Sport: Cricket

Feedback for our Ambassadors

“Thanks so much for the photobook, it’s a great reminder of a wonderful week.”
Tina Pearce, Year 4 Class Teacher , Park Junior School, Kettering
“We had a great day with Will Chudley coaching some of the Year 6 & 8 boys – the boys loved it!”
Marc Gardiner, Head of Boys Games, Millfield Prep School
“Emily had a fantastic day and was thrilled to meet and be coached by Pamela.”
Parent , Halos Junior Netball Club
“The netball masterclass was such a great opportunity for the girls and will help increase both their skills and confidence. Everyone was so excited about Sasha and Eboni coming to BMS and hosting an event like this for our students is not something we have done before.
Heather Gilbert, Girls Games Coordinator, Bedford Modern School
“Thank you for coming in yesterday, you were both brilliant with the kids and they were really inspired by Marilyn – including myself! The feedback I have received from the staff and students has been great. They really enjoyed it and the day we felt was really successful.”
Kirsty Hill, Sports Enrichment Officer, Humberston Academy (David Ross Education Trust)
“I just want to say thank you for noticing me and giving me the confidence to get back into athletics. Having you pick me out of the crowd and giving me this opportunity really gave me the kick I needed and if it wasn’t for you believing I had the talent to succeed I probably wouldn’t be as dedicated to the sport as I am now. Hopefully one day I will be in the position you are in – doing the sport I love as a career, representing my country in competitions and looking forward to an upcoming Olympics.”
Marilyn’s Mentee on a Silver Mentoring Scheme
“Mintridge Events provided inspirational athlete appearances to help us celebrate our Schools achieving the School Games Mark Award. The organisation and professionalism of everyone involved was excellent. We chose two School Games Mark Gold Schools to receive an appearance from Laura Sugar: both Rowan Gate Primary and Yardley Hastings were delighted with the impact of Laura’s visit on all pupils and Sports Crews. Laura Sugar was a fantastic role model for our Primary Schools, sharing her personal inspiration of London 2012 to become a member of the GB Athletics team only two years later. I would highly recommend Laura to any Schools to engage young people in the power and inspiration of sport and promotion of the School Games values. Mal Loye was a brilliant ambassador for sport at our Primary School Games Mark Assembly. His passion and enthusiasm for sport really came across, with the added inspiration of his journey from playing at Cogenhoe Cricket Club (in our Partnership) to progressing to play for Northants and England.”
Hannah Hore, School Sport Manager , Wellingborough & East Northants School Sport Partnership
“On International Women’s Day, Laura Sugar attended our event at the Copper Box Arena on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event (set up by Active People, Active Park, Motivate East and Sport and Health programmes at London Legacy Development Corporation) saw a host of elite athletes attend, encouraging and inspiring young females to participate in physical activity and sport. Laura’s commitment at the event was flawless and she participated in almost all the activities on the day. Laura continued to inspire when talking confidently to the press, sharing her experience of International Women’s Day and developing from grassroots to elite sport.”
Alex Zurita, London Sport Project Manager, (Active People, Active Park)
“I am writing on behalf of Stockcross School to thank you, Ben Smith and Scott Meenagh for the most enjoyable activities the children and staff shared with you recently. The photographs were beautiful and a fantastic reminder of the workshops. The children’s questions posed to Scott illustrated how keen they were to understand how prosthetic legs operate. I am sure they will have gained confidence to talk to other people with amputations.. ‘to smile and applaud.’“
Lynne Barton, Sports Coordinator, Stockcross Primary School