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Athlete Ambassadors

We are privileged to work alongside eight BEAA athlete ambassadors, who work with us to help champion the athlete voice and to support the BEAA in ensuring we provide the best support and guidance to our membership.

Hannah Cockroft


Hannah Cockroft OBE: Wheelchair racer specialising in sprint distances in the T34 classification.

Hannah is a seven-time Paralympic champion, multiple world record holder and added a Commonwealth title to her collection at Birmingham 2022.


Will Bayley


Will Bayley MBE: Para-table tennis player who claimed a memorable gold medal at Rio 2016.

Will also has world and European titles to his name, as well as three Paralympic silver medals.

Nekoda Smythe-Davis


Nekoda Smythe-Davis: Judoka with a collection of international honours, which include the Commonwealth gold she won at Glasgow 2014.

Nekoda returned to the sport in 2022 following the birth of her first child. 

Joe Choong


Joe Choong MBE: Modern pentathlete who became the first British man to win Olympic gold in the sport when he claimed the title in Tokyo.

Joe also has a host of world and European championship medals to his name, retaining his world title in 2023 to become the first male pentathlete to win consecutive titles at that level since 1998.

Laura Deas


Laura Deas: Skeleton racer and a double Olympian.

Laura claimed bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018, making history alongside Lizzy Yarnold, becoming the first two British winter Olympians to finish on the podium of the same event for the first time.

Alice Dearing


Alice Dearing: Swimmer who made her Olympic debut in the open water event in Tokyo.

Alice was the first black female swimmer to have represented Great Britain at an Olympics, and is passionate about using her profile and achievements to inspire others into the sport.

Michael Gunning


Michael Gunning: Michael is the BEAA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador. He can be contacted on

He is a Jamaican-British swimmer best known for participating in the 200m butterfly. He has worked extensively to raise awareness of ethnic and sexual diversity within sport and beyond, winning a Pride Award in 2019 and being nominated for both British LGBTQ+ Sports Personality of the Year and the Rainbow Honours Award for Celebrity LGBTQI Champion of the Year in 2023. He has featured on a range of TV shows, hosted at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and been a cover star for Attitude Magazine among other accomplishments.

His role comprises strengthening the BEAA’s existing ED&I work, and furthering our ability to engage and support athletes of all backgrounds.

Robyn Love


Robyn Love: Robyn joined as LGBTQ+ Ambassador. She can be contacted on

She is a double Paralympian wheelchair basketball player and professional wheelchair tennis player who is part of the Board of Directors for Basketball Scotland. As captain of the GB wheelchair basketball team, she and partner Laurie Williams are prominent figures in the LGBTQ+ athlete community, and Robyn has worked with Athlete Ally, Pride in Tennis and Pride House Birmingham among others, appearing across the media and bringing a wealth of first-hand knowledge to the BEAA.

As the LGBTQ+ Ambassador, she works to engage the LGBTQ+ athlete community and represent the BEAA in this space publicly.

Past ambassadors:

Alex Danson


Alex Danson MBE: Retired hockey player who was part of Great Britain’s memorable Olympic campaigns of 2012 and 2016, which resulted in bronze and gold medals respectively.

Alex lauched her own hockey academy in 2017.

Kristian Thomas


Kristian Thomas: Retired gymnast who won a bronze medal at London 2012.

Since calling time on his career, Kristian has worked in the Athlete Engagement Manager role at the BEAA, and now works within the player care team at the Premier League.

Lutalo Muhammad


Lutalo Muhammad: Lutalo is a double Olympic taekwondo medallist, winning bronze at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016. He also has a European title to his name. 

“I myself have sought the advice of the [BEAA] before and I want to go out and encourage other athletes to use them. Use them for information, use them for support, whatever you think you need as an athlete, we’re here to help.”

Hannah Cockroft

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