06/02/2018 – Fight for Peace last night welcomed triple Paralympian and former captain of the GB wheelchair rugby team, Andy Barrow to the organisation’s London Academy in Newham, east London. The visit marked the official unveiling of Andy as the latest Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador.

The three time European gold medallist held a meeting with the Youth Council, the body of members that represents Fight for Peace externally and guides strategic and institutional decisions at the organisation. At the gathering, Andy shared his experience of competing at an elite level and talked about the ‘Three Cs’ – confidence, communication and compromise. Those present also discussed being the best you can be, how this fits into the team dynamic and the importance of leading in your local community.

Andy expressed excitement at becoming part of the Laureus family and at meeting members of Fight for Peace: “I am absolutely thrilled to be becoming a Laureus Ambassador and to be joining a fantastic family. I think that the work that Laureus does around the world is amazing and I just wanted to be a part of it and a part of giving back what I have learned in my journey as an athlete. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet everyone [at Fight for Peace] this evening and I am looking forward to returning again.”

The Laureus Good For Sport Foundation is a long time supporter of Fight for Peace’s work, both in London and around the world, and is a Global Partner of the organisation. Laureus supports more than 100 sports-based community programmes in 35 countries to combat social challenges facing children and young people, such as violence and crime, discrimination, lack of education, unemployment and preventable diseases.

“We were honoured to stage Andy Barrow’s unveiling as Laureus’ newest Ambassador and to be able to welcome Andy not only into the Laureus family, but also into the Fight for Peace family”, said Jacob Whittingham, Head of Programmes at Fight for Peace. “Representing Fight for Peace, our Youth Council had a very insightful discussion with Andy, drawing on his experience in the sporting world and getting his perspective on leading in the community. Encounters like these are central to the support we give to our members in becoming strong and positive leaders.”

“Our relationship with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is extremely important to our work and it was wonderful to add another chapter to this partnership during this latest visit. We very much looking forward to seeing Andy back at Fight for Peace in the near future and to him sharing his inspirational experiences with more of our members”, added Jacob.