Business of Sport

Natalie goes Beyond Sport

2011-07-28 15:59
Natalie du Toit
London - Natalie Du Toit, one of South Africa’s most successful Paralympians, has become the latest high-profile sport star to become an ambassador to Beyond Sport.

In her new Beyond Sport role, the multi-gold medalist will help to spread the word about the global initiative and its mission to promote, develop, and reward the use of sport to create positive social change across the world.

In addition, Natalie will offer her input during the final judging process for the Beyond Sport Awards which provides a package of business support annually to projects across the world that use sport to address issues within their communities.

As one of two Paralympians to compete at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Du Toit was the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, when she competed in the 10K, "Marathon", swim.

Natalie’s appointment is especially timely for Beyond Sport, as this year’s global Summit and Awards are taking place in her native city of Cape Town, 5-8 December.

Speaking about her new role, Natalie said: “Throughout my career, I have personally experienced the unique potential of sport to create positive change and encourage social inclusion. As an ambassador for Beyond Sport, I am thrilled to be able to further spread this message, especially with the global summit taking place in South Africa this year. Beyond Sport’s outreach is something that I firmly believe in, and I am proud to be able to play my part in helping to achieve those goals.”

Natalie joins an influential panel of ambassadors, all who bring unique experiences and visions to the Beyond Sport initiative, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; the multi-Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson; Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012; former South Africa football captain Lucas Radebe; and two-time Women’s World Cup winner and former president of the Women’s Sport Foundation, Julie Foudy.

* Beyond Sport is a global organisation that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. Beyond Sport is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME International and UNICEF.


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