Great Britain Disability Shooting Team member, Lorraine Lambert, supports the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Lorraine is part of our BRIT Ambassador family to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK. Lorraine is a Paralympian and member of the Great Britain Disability Shooting Team, representing the UK both nationally and internationally.
"Having studied psychology at the University of Winchester, and as a trained counsellor, I know that supporting and improving young adult mental health is critically important. The COVID-19 pandemic has affecting all our lives and it has been a particularly challenging time for young adults and students. I wholeheartedly support the British Inspiration Trust(BRIT) vision to support and improve the mental health, wellbeing and fitness of all young adults and students in the UK and applaud how they are making this happen.
BRIT are uniting the education, sport and charity sectors by partnering, or developing special relationships, with governing bodies and working closely with universities, colleges and students throughout the UK. This collectively powerful approach is inspiring and they are making extraordinary progress to engage, enthuse and inspire vast numbers of students and young adults. Over the past two years, almost 180 university and college teams have taken part in BRIT Challenges.
The annual BRIT Challenge is an exciting opportunity that every UK university and college can embrace for the benefit of all their students and staff. The BRIT Challenge has been designed to be inclusive and ensures that students and staff of all abilities can participate, at home or on campus, in many different ways.
I feel honoured to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family and will encourage my fellow Paralympians and elite para-sport athletes to join us to promote the BRIT Challenge, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion. I look forward to supporting students and staff at the University of Portsmouth, the University of Winchester and Eastleigh College, as they take on the BRIT Challenge.”
Lorraine Lambert Paralympian and member of the Great Britain Disability Shooting Team
Lorraine was first introduced to shooting at the Nautical Training Corps, a uniformed youth organisation in England, when she was a member of TS Ajax in Portsmouth and part of the marksmanship team. In 1997, Lorraine had a rock climbing accident that meant she had to use a wheelchair. In 2009, she took the decision to have her lower leg amputated. Since her days with the Nautical Training Corps, the next time she picked up a gun was when she took part in the LimbPower Games in 2010.
Having won lots of medals all over the world, her first gold medal was in Dubai in 2011 and this holds a special place in her heart. For Lorraine, her biggest achievement so far was winning a quota place for the Paralympic Games in Rio and coming third in Croatia in 2016 against a very competitive field which included Paralympic champions. Lorraine finished fifth in her discipline in Rio. Lorraine studied Gestait Therapy at the University of Winchester that including counselling at Eastleigh College. As a Paralympic athlete, Lorraine sees it as her duty to help encourage and inspire students to take part in sport and reach their potential. She was a sports instructor, has a degree in psychology and whilst firmly focused on the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, gives her time to visit schools and students. Lorraine claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup, in the United Arab Emirates, with a bronze in the women’s R8 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 final. She had qualified in fifth and finished comfortably inside the top three.
In 2021, Lorraine represented Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Lorraine is also a counsellor and has supported charities in the Portsmouth areas with her skills, she is also the athlete representative and mental health champion for British Shooting. To read more about Lorraine and the GB Shooting Team, please visit the British Shooting website. You can follow LorI wholeheartedly support the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) vision to support and improve the mental health, wellbeing and fitness of all young adults and students in the UK and applaud how they are making this happen.