Laura Robson’s tennis career has been put on
hold for almost the entirety of 2014 as the Brit tipped for big things
struggled with wrist problems that eventually required surgery and a
long period of convalescence. But although her singles ranking has now
fallen outside the world’s top 150, the 20 year-old is still hugely in
demand and has been named an ambassador for SportsAid to support the
British charity’s work with some of the country’s most promising young
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge Kate
Middleton, is SportsAid’s patron and Robson will be involved in a number
events designed to help young sports women fulfill their potential.
SportsAid is a national charity that was
established in 1976 to helps young British sportsmen and women, aged
between 12 and 18 years old, who with potential to represent their
country in the Olympic Games, the Paralympics or become world champions.
With the Commonwealth Games currently in full
swing in Scotland, the first will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, July 29)
at Home Nations House near the Clyde Arc in Glasgow.
“Seeing the work that SportsAid does and knowing
the impact that sport can have on society, I want to play my part in
empowering young women to become the champions of the future,” said
“It’s a privilege for me to be a role model, as
an athlete and an Olympian, and it’s important that I do everything I
can to help young women to succeed in sports, focus on their strengths,
and inspire others to do the same.
“I feel privileged to work for such a great
cause along the Duchess of Cambridge and look forward to a long lasting
partnership with such a great organization.’’
In her role as SportsAid’s ambassador, Robson
will work directly with SportsAid athletes from a wide range of sports,
including tennis and wheelchair tennis, by providing mentoring and
support at workshops and other events – previously attended by the likes
of Olympic medalists rower Katherine Grainger, swimmers Rebecca
Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne, and heptathlete Denise Lewis.
Laura will also help to shine a spotlight on the
young athletes’ achievements to get them more recognition before they
move up to the senior level.
The charity’s Chief Executive Tim Lawler said:
“Laura is someone I know many of our athletes already look up to as a
source of inspiration and the personal encouragement and guidance she is
offering them will be a welcome and well-timed boost. SportsAid is
delighted to be working with her as we know the passion and expertise
she brings will make a huge difference.”
Sport England Director of Sport, Phil Smith,
said: “This is wonderful news for SportsAid and all the aspiring young
athletes we fund them to help. Laura is a great addition to the roster
of SportsAid ambassadors and will be able to provide talented young
people with valuable insight into what it takes to be a successful