LimbPower's Ambassadors are influential supporters of the charity who share our passion for grassroots sports participation for amputees and limb impaired adults and children. They are sometimes actively involved in projects and help LimbPower by promoting and raising awareness of the work we do across the country. Our Ambassadors contribute positively to the organisation in many different ways.
Andy J Lewis is a through knee amputee who lost his leg in December 2005. Andy’s determination saw him qualify as a pilot through the Disabled Flying Scholarship in 2007. In 2009 Andy set his heart on running again, It was during this time that his path crossed with LimbPower.
Andy joined LimbPower at the 2013 LimbPower Games where he was coached by Lincoln Asquith and Hayleigh Ginn and met Artic One. Andy is now the Elite Champion for Paraduathlon and is set to join the team for Rio in 2016. Andy has been a greta advocate at LimbPower attending our Junior Events to support and encourage children to take part in sport.
At the age of 14, I was in a devastating road traffic accident in Belgium. I decided to have an above-knee amputation at the age of 16. Making the decision was extremely tough. Post amputation I developed an interest in: cars, car racing and fitness.
When I first started going to the gym I was really down. I had lost my leg but had started walking again, and then I stopped walking and put on a load of weight and I was really insecure. I joined the gym for weight loss and I found that taking part and being fit really picked me up and I haven't looked back.
In 2010 I qualified as a fitness instructor. Keeping as fit and healthy as I can has really helped my recovery. I currently teach a tough Les Mills indoor cycling calls. One of the classes Gemma teaches is a fast-paced indoor cycling session called RPM that burns 675 calories in 45 minutes. I was inspired to teach because I wanted to inspire other amputees to get involved in group fitness as I'd seen the benefits and confidence it had given me.
Gemma has recently joined the xxx racing team.
I embrace being an amputee. Once I had made the decision to have my leg cut off, there was no going back. If you don't embrace the hand you've bene dealt with, then you will always struggle to enjoy life.
Sport changed my life and I cannot imagine my life without it. It keeps me focused and mentally strong to cope with the stresses of everyday life. I want every amputee to know the benefits of physical activity and sport.
I was born with the rare condition Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, which prevented my right leg from growing properly. At the age of 16 I made the decision to have my leg amputated. Anything that involved sitting down with two legs I couldn't do as a kid, I knew that I wanted to have my leg amputated.
I am a personal trainer working in Bournemouth. I train both able-bodied and disabled people.
Since appearing in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics, I have featured in a range of advertisements and I was recently the face of the disability charity, Scope. Jack was the first amputee model to take part in New York Fashion Week in 2015.
"It all feels so surreal", said Mr Eyers. "I can't believe this is actually happening. To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing- it feels like such a big deal."
I believe designers should use models more reflective of the population, including disabled models. "If I'd seen more disabled models when I was growing up, maybe I would have felt more confident about myself... There's a lot of people out there with physical disabilities that need to be inspired."
"At primary school I was really into sports but it was hard to join in, and I would get bullied."
I hope that through my work with LimbPower I can get more amputees physically active; using the gym and taking part in sport and feeling positive about their bodies.
Jody Alan Cundy MBE is an English cyclist and former swimmer. He has represented Great Britain at five Summer Paralympics winning five gold medals across swimming and cycling events. Jody has supported LimbPower from the beginning attending events to encourage other adults and children to engage in physical activity and sport.
Rachel started cycling in 2006 when she was talent spotted by British Cycling. Prior to cycling she competed in Sailing and was the World champion in 2004 and USA Open champion in 2005. Rachel was crowned World Champion in 2006, 2007 and 2012 in the TimeTrial & Road Race. In 2014 Rachel switiched from cycling to rowing and is now part of the GB Rowing team hoping to compete in Rio. Rachel has been an avid supporter of LimbPower, speaking at dinners about the invaluable work we do.
Anne Dickins is a G.B. Paracanoeist, current European gold and world silver medalist. She is 47 years old and training for Rio 2016. Anne has pheripheral nerve damage in her back and is LimbPower’s newest ambassador helping us to develop our services for individuals with limb impairments.
Photograph by Moya Slade.
Robert is a founding Trustee of LimbPower, a below knee amputee, represented Great Britain in the 1988 Games in Seoul in athletics taking two Bronze Medals 100m and 200m Sprint. He also represented Great Britain at the 1992 Games in Barcelona in Pentathlon and the 4 x 100 Metre relay. In the run up to the 2012 Lomdon Paralympics Robert helped to build a local Sitting Volleyball Club (East London Lynx Sitting Volleyball Club) and was the Squad Captain for the Great Britains Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team with 18 caps for his country. Robbie gets involved with the LimbPower Running Clinics and athletics at events.