British Blind Sport are excited to introduce Ben Quilter, judo Champion, as our newest patron. His excellence in sport and positive attitude make him a natural role model for young people and an excellent ambassador for British Blind Sport. In a recent interview, Ben said that he is looking forward to the role and the chances it will give him to impact VI youth.
“As a BBS patron, I am looking forward to the opportunity to extend my support and positivity to all visually impaired children that the charity helps. BBS does such great work to help children and adults gain positive sporting experiences. Joining them in their 40th year is a proud achievement for me.”
Ben Quilter was diagnosed with a sight condition called Stargardt’s disease at the age of 10, but has been resilient in his education and career, which has ultimately led to his overwhelming success as a Paralympic athlete and role model for up and coming athletes.
Throughout Ben’s successful career as an elite judo athlete he has won eight World and European medals. Held the title of European Champion and double Visually Impaired World Judo Champion, and won a bronze medal on home soil at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
British Blind Sport acknowledges his overwhelming accomplishments in sport, and are particularly impressed with his exceptional devotion to promoting a better world of sport through his inspirational disposition and commitment to mentoring and coaching.
In addition to becoming British Blind Sport’s youth patron, Ben has been using his experience to make a difference through:
- Being elected to the Paralympics GB Athletes’ Commission.
- Accepting a position with Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) as Disability Sport Officer
- Dedicating himself to motivational speaking
- Mentoring athletes at the VI European Championships
British Blind Sport CEO, Alaina MacGregor said:
“In this our 40th anniversary year, we are delighted that Ben has joined us as a patron. He is an excellent role model for every visually impaired young person who aspires to achieve in their chosen sport.”
Ben’s full interview will be available on the British Blind Sport website : www.britishblindsport.org.uk