Our sports ambassador programme has grown out of the charity's work in disability sport. Ambassadors are appointed to represent and promote the work of the Lord's Taverners while the charity actively supports their sporting ambitions.
Will Bayley – table tennis (right)
Won silver in table tennis (class 7) and bronze with Ross Wilson in the men's team event (class 6-8) at London 2012. More recently Ross won gold in the men’s singles (class 7) and bronze in the men’s team event (class 6-8) at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Joe Bestwick – wheelchair basketball
An integral part of the GB men's wheelchair basketball team that won bronze in Beijing 2008.
Harry Brown – wheelchair basketball
Plays for Sheffield Steelers in the RGK Super League. In 2012 Harry played a fundamental role in the Sheffield Steelers’ EuroLeague’s Challenge Cup title and the GB Junior Team’s qualification for the 2013 U23 World Championships. In 2015 Harry not only assisted the GB Men to a qualification place for the Rio 2016 Games, but a third consecutive European Championship title.
Mickey Bushell – athletics
Current men's T53 100m world record holder, having won Paralympic silver in Beijing 2008. Triple British record holder at 100m, 200m and 400m. Received his first sports wheelchair from The Lady Taverners in 2004. Won gold at London 2012. Mickey then went on to succeed at the IPC Athletics World Championships winning the following medals, silver in 2013, gold and silver in 2014 and gold and bronze in 2016.
Karl Hassell – wheelchair basketball
Plays for Jaguars in the national league and junior league and represented East Midlands in The Lord's Taverners National Junior Championships that won in 2010. Previous winner of The Lord's Taverners Sports Endeavour Award.
Alfie Hewett – wheelchair tennis (right)
20-year-old Alfie received his first sports wheelchair from The Lord's Taverners. Alfie started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 after attending a Tennis Foundation Camp. He played his first tournament in 2008 and was selected to represent Great Britain at the ITF’s European Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp. Alfie won two silver medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics for men’s singles and men’s doubles with Gordon Reid.
Ellie Simmonds - swimming (right)
The youngest athlete to compete at the 2008 Paralympics aged 13, Ellie won double gold in the 100m S6 and 400m S6 freestyle events. Won 10 World Championship golds in 2009and 2010 and five European golds in 2009, followed by gold in the S6 400m freestyle and SM6 200m individual medley, silver in the S6 100m freestyle and bronze in the S6 50m freestyle at London 2012. Ellie also won gold and bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Jordanne Whiley – wheelchair tennis (right)
Three-time national champion represented Great Britain in Beijing 2008. World junior masters champion between 2007 and 2009 and world junior no.1 from 2008 to 2010. Won bronze in the women's wheelchair tennis doubles at London 2012. Since then Jordanne has had success is many major competitions including; 2014 Doubles Champion at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open where she became the firstBritish athlete to ever win all 4 Grand Slams in one year (including able bodied); 2015 Doubles Champion at the Japan Open, 2015 Wimbledon Wheelchair Ladies Doubles Champion; 2015 Singles Champion at the British Open and US Open; 2016 Ladies Wheelchair Doubles Champion at the French Open and Wimbledon and bronze in the Women’s Doubles at Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Ross Wilson – table tennis
Won bronze with Will Bayley in the men's class 6-8 team event at London 2012. Ross had further success in 2014 at the Cote d’Azur International winning gold in the men’s singles (class 8) and bronze with the men’s team (class 6-8) at the European Championships in Denmark. More recently Ross won bronze with the men’s team (class 6-8) at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Fiona Montgomery – Boccia
Fiona was 14 when she first began playing Boccia at the Lord’s Taverners Junior Competitions and National Finals. From there she began officiating at Boccia events across the country which are run in partnership with Boccia England. After volunteering as a referee at these events she became a Lord’s Taverners Sports Ambassador in March 2012 and then went on to win the ‘Outstanding Young Leader’ award at the DSA Golden Legacy Awards in 2012. Fiona has now completed a Level One Qualification in coaching Boccia and will continue to volunteer as a national official and also mentor new young officials at Boccia events across the UK.