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Leon Taylor
Olympic diving medallist and three-time Olympian

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“It’s impossible to over-state the importance of the [BEAA] within British sport.

“I’ve been an athlete, a coach, a mentor and an athletes commission member, and I’m pleased to say that, as my career has developed and the roles I have taken on have diversified, I’ve seen real progress in terms of athlete representation and genuine investment into athlete experience.

“This is thanks in no small part to organisations such as the [BEAA], who work not just on behalf of current athletes, but within the system and alongside NGBs and partner organisations to ensure that a tangible, positive legacy is in place for future generations of British competitors.”

Moe Sbihi
Olympic and three-time World rowing champion

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Writing in The Telegraph about British Rowing’s athlete-led selection consultation, Moe said:

“It was an initiative by the [BEAA]… It was our opportunity to voice concerns about selection, offer up ideas that we thought might improve things [in] areas where we believed the system could be more open and athlete-friendly.

“The good news was: it really helped to let grievances out. It was really positive not to feel things had to be suppressed.”

Ellie Simmonds
Five-time Paralympic swimming champion

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Speaking to The Times about mental health support within elite sport, Ellie said: 

“There are a lot of support networks out there. If you feel there are issues then talk. Don’t be scared to talk. Bottling it up makes it worse. The [BEAA] are incredible. We’ve got mental health advisers. Loads of people are talking about mental health now and the support system is getting better.”

Lucy Shuker
Double Paralympic Medallist in Wheelchair Tennis

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Speaking about the BEAA’s work in helping to recoup £7,500 owed to several athletes after a commercial dispute, Lucy said:

“I’m grateful to the [BEAA] for all their support and quick action on this matter. It really concerned me when the scope of the situation became apparent, and the [BEAA] were fantastic in their response, going above and beyond.”

SAM DICKINSON
TRIATHLETE AND ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

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Speaking about the BEAA’s work alongside the EIS to facilitate Athlete Rep mental health training sessions, Sam said:

“As soon as the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance, and found it a really, really useful session. I’m really glad that the [BEAA] gave me the opportunity to do this, and I learnt a lot.”

LIZZIE SIMMONDS
Two-time Olympian and European Champion swimmer

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In a blog for the BEAA, Lizzie said: “Having an organisation, such as the [BEAA], that provides comprehensive, impartial support to athletes facing hardship and challenges, is an integral part of optimising athlete welfare.”

HOLLIE PEARNE-WEBB
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GB HOCKEY CAPTAIN

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Having been appointed to the Board of Directors in 2021, Hollie said: “The increase in the [BEAA]’s work in the last 12 months shows that athletes are finding their voice, and increasingly feeling like they can speak out about issues and things that they are passionate about.”

“Our reputation is strong, and it’s growing stronger still: our casework is recommended almost without exception by athletes.”

Anna Watkins, CEO

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