Olympian Cameron Van Der Burgh unveiled as a Laureus ambassador at Fight for Peace
20/07/2019 – Olympic medallist Cameron Van Der Burgh has been unveiled as the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s newest ambassador during a special visit to Fight for Peace’s London Academy.
The recently retired swimmer, who won breaststroke gold at the 2012 London Olympics, was invited to learn about Fight for Peace’s work by meeting young people and Youth Councillors at our London Academy and having a tour of the facilities. And Cameron was thrown in the deep end when he joined a combat sports session led by former Fight for Peace members, and current boxing coaches, Kenny and Nathaniel.
Combat sports are one element of Fight for Peace’s holistic Five Pillars methodology, an approach which also includes Education, Employability and Youth Leadership programmes, and Support Services.
“As an 11-year-old, sport gave me hope and changed my life for the better”, said Cameron during the visit. “It’s an honour for me to be here twenty years later as a member of the Laureus Family. From what I have just experienced here at Fight for Peace, sport continues to have an incredible power to positively influence the lives of young people.”
Nathaniel, who put Cameron through his paces in the boxing gym, became involved with Fight for Peace when a friend recommended the programmes on offer. He began training judo and subsequently took up boxing, which he now coaches twice a week. As well as being a coach, Nathaniel is part of Fight for Peace’s Youth Council, a group of young people who represent their peers, act as ambassadors for Fight for Peace and help to design programmes, develop strategies and make organisational decisions at every level.
Like all good coaches, for Nathaniel coaching goes far beyond sports and is about helping develop strong, resilient people, and supporting them to achieve their life goals:
“With coaching, I aim to help all Fight for Peace members to progress in any form of life that they want to. Being a coach is not about holding pads or showing someone how to punch. It is more suggesting ideas of where members want to head in terms of their path and if they want to head in that direction then it is guiding them through it and helping them. It is more of a life skills thing rather than just helping them out with sports.”
Laureus Sport for Good is a long-time supporter and Global Partner of Fight for Peace. Cameron Van Der Burgh joins an esteemed list of Laureus ambassadors who have visited our London and Rio Academies to promote the power of sport and learn about how we support young people in the communities in which we work.