Patron Ben Ainslie named as Laureus Ambassador
1851 Trust Patron and Land Rover BAR Team Principal and Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie has been named as the newest Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which helps young people by using the power of sport as a tool for social change.
Ben kicked off his new role as Laureus Ambassador by inviting a group of youngsters from local Havant project Big World Impact to meet the team and sail with the 1851 Trust and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The youngsters, many of whom had never been out on the water before, were given an exclusive sailing lesson from Ben and team members, Paul ‘CJ’ Campbell-James and David ‘Freddie’ Carr. They were able to learn about the technical details of the sport of sailing and given an insight into the teamwork required to succeed in sport.
Following on from their time on the water the sailors gave the youngsters a tour of the team’s brand new hi-tech base, a showcase for sport, innovation, technology and sustainability, followed by a Q&A session on their careers and what it takes to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals.
Reflecting on his day inspiring the youngsters, Ben said: “Sport has given me so much in my life. The lessons I’ve learnt on oceans around the world have taught me so many life lessons which can be useful both on and off the water. Being competitive in sport requires resilience, focus, determination and most of all, hard work. Days like today are what the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is all about. Meeting these young people today has been inspirational for me, they’re all fighting their own challenges and I hope they have learnt today that with hard work and resilience, anything is possible.”
Tayah Winslade, 17, was inspired by the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the day with a legend of the sport. She said: “That was amazing; I’ve never been out on the water, never mind in a boat with an Olympic champion! Ben was so inspirational to us all; I don’t think any of us will forget what we’ve experienced today.”
Alasdair Akass, CEO of the 1851 Trust, said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to welcome these young people to our home in Portsmouth and give them a taste of sailing. We are very grateful to all those involved for helping make this such a memorable day.”