Active Trowbridge is pleased to announce six new ambassadors, Gemma Hunt, Fran Fox, Stephanie Millward, Chris Roxburgh, Nathan Dyer and Rachel Bown.
Nathan Dyer was born in Trowbridge and went to Newtown Primary School and St Lawrence Comprehensive School in Bradford-on-Avon. Nathan attended Soccer workshops held at The John of Gaunt School throughout the various school holidays. He was ‘Scouted’ at 7 years old whilst attending one of these workshops, and asked to attend a ‘Trial’ day by Rod Ruddick, who was Head Scout for Southampton U16’s at the time!
Nathan attended Bath Satellite Academy for Southampton F.C and made his debut for the senior squad in Premier league age 17 years, in the Carling Cup (now the League Cup), where he scored the winning goal and received the Man of the Match award!
Nathan signed for Swansea City F.C in 2009 where he helped the team get promoted from The Championship to the Premier League and also played in the League Cup Final 2013 where he scored twice and won Man of the Match! Whilst on loan at Leicester City F.C. Nathan was part of the team that won the premiership in 2016 and has now returned to Swansea City F.C.
Trowbridge will always ‘be home’ for Nathan and as he has said “I am proud to be an Ambassador for Active Trowbridge, and hope it helps to inspire young people to get involved in regular activities, make new friends & keep fit!”
Gemma Hunt grew up in Trowbridge and attended Staverton Primary School and The John of Gaunt School, where she loved to play a variety of sports. At Staverton she was the only girl on the school football team (for just one match, but hey, she played!). Gemma was also captain of the Hockey team and a member of the Athletics team, as well as swimming for Trowbridge ASC. She loved it.
Gemma is very competitive and enjoys taking part in team sports, especially being outside in all weathers. Even though she doesn’t like the cold, it’s a good reason for her to start running around! Being a team player and enjoying energetic challenges has been helpful for all the fun and exciting things she has done during her time at CBBC and CBeebies.
”It’s great that Active Trowbridge offers so many opportunities for children to get involved with sporting activities, using a great selection of resources. Who knows, we may have a future Olympian come through one of the projects!”
Stephanie Millward MBE
Stephanie Millward MBE is a swimmer who represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games, winning 5 medals at the London 2012 Games and 4 medals at the 2016 Rio Games (2 Gold). She also returned from the 2013 World Championships in Montreal with 4 Gold Medals and the EU Championships with 7 medals (5 Gold).
Stephanie was diagnosed with MS in 1999, preventing her from being able to compete in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, where she would have swum the 100m Backstroke. She sadly had to re-educate herself to stand, walk, run, then swim and started training hard to be part of the Games again. She achieved her dream and went on to win the most medals of any athlete at the Olympic and Paralympic 2012 Games.
Stephanie is a supporter of Mutual Support and is proud to have been asked to be an ambassador for Active Trowbridge and enjoys spending time inspiring the next generation of athletes, especially in her local area.
Stephanie was honoured in the Queen’s 2017 New Years Honour’s List with an MBE for services to swimming.
Rachel has been teaching PE for over 22 years, 19 of these years have been working with pupils with SEND. She is now responsible for promoting and developing inclusive PE across the South West. Rachel has played football for nearly 20 years and played in the Student World Cup in France when she was at University. She played for two clubs in Somerset and once scored a perfect hat trick in a cup final – left foot, right foot, head!
Rachel has represented Team GB in age-group triathlon since 2010, her highest world ranking is 7th and she has won silver and gold at the European Championships, as well as being a National Champion too! The proudest day of her life so far is carrying the Olympic Torch for the London Olympics 2012. She is currently training for the London Marathon and the European Sprint Triathlon Championship in Lisbon and her goal is to qualify for the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico in September.
As well as being an ambassador for Active Trowbridge, Rachel is also an ambassador for the charity Brain Tumour Support and has raised over £3,000 for them. She aims to raise more money and the charity’s profile by running the London Marathon dressed as a hippo to break the Guinness World Record of The Fastest Female Mascot!
Chris is a full-time paramedic, but also a part-time athlete competing to a high level in Powerman for GB (long distance duathlon). Juggling work and training can be very difficult however, Chris has a lot of support from his coach Mark Livesey, his nutritionist Renee McGregor and his amazing wife!
Based in Westbury, Chris has always been competing to a high level of sport within the area. Initially he was a Welsh international hockey player starting his career with two local hockey clubs, West Wilts and Bath Buccaneers.
Chris’s career in sport has taken off with the help of many local sports clubs, namely AVR/AVT and Chippenham Wheelers. So as you can see, promoting local sport is a massive passion of his and therefore, he advocates looking for local talent from an early age is vital for the countries sport.
Chris believes that competing in sport is not what always matters, just taking part for many people is vital. Chris is always approachable and loves getting the next generation or even the older generation in to sport even if it is just to get round the local Park Run at Southwick.
”Active Trowbridge is important to the area as it gets the next generation and even their parents active! Something as you can see I am passionate about.”
Born and raised in Trowbridge, Fran attended Walwayne Court School, The John of Gaunt School and Matravers Sixth Form.
When Fran was 5 she started artistic gymnastics and moved across to rhythmic gymnastics aged 9. She started competing internationally straight away and winning domestic competitions and medals internationally. She has taken part in the Europeans, World and Commonwealth games and the London 2012 Olympics.
“I believe Active Trowbridge provides an opportunity for all in sport and is a service Trowbridge should be very proud of. My aim in life is to be a good role model and inspire the younger generation not to be afraid to be different. Be confident in you and never change for anybody. It is ok to stand out in a crowd and be comfortable as you. Do what you love and follow your dreams.”