Printed Date: 23/01/2018

Paralympic bronze medallist to join GLL as Disability Sport Officer

Paralympic bronze medallist to join GLL as Disability Sport Officer

Ben Quilter, 32, current double world and European visually impaired judo champion, is to join GLL – the largest provider of public sport and leisure facilities in the UK - as Disability Sport Officer.

The London 2012 paralympic bronze medallist will work to increase access and develop physical activity opportunities for disabled adults, children and young people across a range of sports – from walking and cycling to structured exercise and fitness. Ben will also liaise with key stakeholders including the Royal Borough of Greenwich Public Health team and the Greenwich Inclusive and Active Forum.

An ideal candidate, Ben is well-known as a motivational speaker for charities and organisation and has also been inspiring people to get involved in sport as an ambassador for the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) – an independent athlete support scheme. He also has an Msc in Sport and Exercise Physiology and is a Level 2 British Judo coach and YMCA qualified gym instructor.

Comments Ben Quilter, "My passion is disability sport and engaging people in sport. My role is to reach out to the wider public to find sustainable ways for people to take part in sport and fitness at all levels. It is great to be part of the succesful GLL family and all the good work they do. I know the organisation well from my time both as a GSF supported athlete and as a GSF ambassador and look forward to continuing to inspire people to get involved in sport."

Comments Phil Lane, GLL's Head of Sport, "We are delighted to have Ben on board. He is an outstanding candidate and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. As a stalwart supporter of GLL as a GSF ambassador, he is already familiar with our organisation and will help us to maximise opportunities to increase and sustain sports participation for disabled people as part of the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games."

Ben replaces Iain Gowans who has returned to a role with the British Paralympic Organisation as Classification Manager.

Earlier this year, GLL launched its Health & Fitness Inclusive membership for disabled people giving full anytime access to gyms, pools and group exercise classes at over 100 Better leisure centres across London, Southern England and York for just £19.95 per month.