Double Paralympic and World Champion, Pippa Britton, supports our BRIT Ambassador family
We are thrilled that Pippa is part of our BRIT Ambassador family and championing the BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult mental health throughout the UK.
Pippa is Wales’ most successful archer. A double Paralympian and double World Champion, she made the podium at 6 consecutive World Championships and achieved 24 medals from 24 International events.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the lives of so many young adults; particularly those with existing mental health conditions, who are vulnerable or live with a disability. Preventing and supporting the mental health of young adults and students is vital to avoid long-term consequences on their health and wellbeing.
I am delighted that British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) are delivering the annual BRIT Challenge as a feelgood February fundraiser for every Welsh university, college, specialist college and Students’ Union to enter teams and encourage student and staff participation. It’s also great to see that they have forged partnerships or special relationships with Universities Wales (through Universities UK), ColegauCymru and Sport Wales to assist with the BRIT Challenge in becoming a firm fixture in the Welsh education, sport and charity sector’s Calendar of Events.
I am encouraged that the BRIT Challenge is an inclusive event to enable students and staff of all abilities to participate and add their miles to their team’s 2,022 mile target by hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding).
I am delighted to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family to promote the BRIT Challenge, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion. BRIT Ambassadors are Olympians, Paralympians, sports personalities, adventurers and explorers who are uniting to support and improve young adult mental health. I urge our Welsh Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes to join the BRIT Ambassador family and support a university or college of their choice in order to encourage and inspire students and staff to take on the BRIT Challenge
I look forward to supporting and encouraging students and staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales, UWC Atlantic College and Coleg Gwent as they take on their BRIT Challenge.”
Double Paralympic and World Champion
Pippa has represented the Welsh able-bodied archery team on more than 20 occasions and has broken many World and National records. During her sporting career she also had 2 major spinal operations and uses her remarkable story to provide inspiration and support to others. After retiring from competing, she decided to give back to sport and society, bringing a blend of understanding around equity and diversity and extensive non-executive director experience to governance roles.
Always working with fair play at heart, she is both the Vice-Chair of Sport Wales and of UK Anti-Doping and has been Chair of Disability Sport Wales.
Hoping to expand physical activity to a broader base of people, she is an Independent Board Member of Aneurin Bevan NHS Health Board and has worked at Board level with Archery GB, World Archery and World Archery Europe.
Alongside governance and training, she became a certified mentor and coach and now uses her experience of high performance and achievement along with a background in crisis management to help make things happen for other people. Her partner company Elephant in the Room, provides disability awareness training for organisations, schools and colleges through down to earth and interactive sessions. The training concentrates on how we all interact and communicate with each other on a daily basis and can also provide support for employers and employees on an ongoing basis.
To read more about Pippa and her amazing achievements, please visit her website.
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