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Rotary are incredibly thankful of our ambassadors for going out of their way to promote the integral events Rotary facilitates on as wide a scale as possible. Here is where you can find out more about who is representing Rotary.
When Abbie Breakwell was selected in 2016 to be part of the ball crew at the British Open wheelchair tennis championships, little did she know it was the start of her own extraordinary wheelchair tennis journey. So far, she has claimed 40 National titles, 3 Junior international titles, and 4 women’s international titles leading to her placing 34th in the women’s world rankings.
Abbie has had a strong relationship with Rotary for nearly a decade, joining Long Eaton Interact Club back in 2014 and going on to become the club’s President. During Abbie's presidency she was awarded the Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award 2018 for her volunteering and dedication to inclusion and sports.
Abbie hopes that her new role as Rotary Ambassador will allow her to continue empowering people to achieve their full potential, telling Rotary GB&I: “The key issue I want to get my voice behind is equality – to make sure that everybody has the same opportunities no matter if they’re disabled, if they’re not disabled, their gender identity, religion or whatever it might be. I want to make sure everyone gets given the same opportunity.”
An infectious and inspirational character, Steve became paralysed after falling from a balcony at just 23 and went on to captain Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics. Steve is now a popular broadcaster, making regular appearances on 'Countryfile' and 'The One Show.' Steve often shares his experiences of being an elite athlete by mentoring young people across the country.
In May 2021, on the Main Stage on the opening day Volunteer Expo Online, Steve revealed at the end of his presentation that he had accepted the role of Rotary ambassador. On taking the role, he said: “It’s my moment to give up some time, give up some energy to those who need it, and I can’t think of anywhere or anyone else that I would like to support more than Rotary.”
If you want to hear Steve’s motivational and inspiring story as part of one of your events, Steve is available for bookings for both virtual and in person events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or download this flyer.