Top athletes aiming to inspire young adults

Former Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust are working with young adults across the country to inspire them to achieve their potential.

Eight elite athletes are working as mentors at Sanctuary Supported Living schemes which provide support for vulnerable and homeless young people aged 16 to 25.

Top athletes aiming to inspire young adults
Top athletes aiming to inspire young adults

They are taking part in the Get on Track initiative being run in partnership between Sanctuary Supported Living and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

It is a six-month programme which aims to motivate young adults to pursue their ambitions as well as improve their confidence, resilience and self-esteem.

Participants will take part in a series of sessions where they will learn work-related skills, use activities to promote teamwork and gain qualifications such as First Aid.

Each of the athletes will be drawing on personal experience to show those taking part that there are no barriers to success.

The Get on Track programme is being funded through £60,000 from Sanctuary Group’s community investment fund and events will take place later in the year to celebrate the achievements of those involved.

Get on Track will be taking place at the following locations:

  • Banbury Foyer
  • Weston Foyer
  • Brighton and Hove Foyer
  • Victoria Road, Hartlepool
  • Norton Road, Stockton-on-Tees
  • St James House, Stockton-on-Tees

The eight athletes involved are:

  • Jack Rutter – England cerebral palsy footballer
  • Michelle Griffiths Robinson – Olympic triple jumper
  • James Kirton – Olympic swimmer
  • Jenny Wallwork – Commonwealth Games badminton player
  • Fontaine Mica Wright – Three-time England number one badminton player
  • Hannah Beharry – Great Britain boxer
  • Liz Cann – Commonwealth Games badminton bronze medallist
  • Anna Turney – Paralympic skier

David Shaw, Sanctuary Supported Living’s Head of Service (North), said:

“Get on Track is a fantastic initiative and we are proud to be working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to deliver it to our residents.

“We are committed to supporting young adults to reach their potential and become independent and this programme is an integral part of that.”

Ben Hilton, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, added:

“We have seen first-hand the success of Get on Track and we are really pleased to be working in partnership with Sanctuary Supported Living.

“Our world-class athlete mentors can help young people overcome multiple barriers to participation and I am looking forward to seeing how this partnership can transform the lives of young people over the weeks and months ahead.”