Andy Turner is a retired English track and field athlete & 3 times Olympian who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles and occasionally competed in the 100 and 200 metres sprints as well as long jump. At the 110 m hurdles, he is the 2013 World Championship brnze medallist, the 2010 European Champion and the 2010 Commonwealth Champion. Also in 2010, he broke the automatically timed world record in the 200 metres hurdles & sits just behind Colin Jackson and Tony Jarrett as the 3rd quickest British sprint hurdler of all time.
“I am delighted to become an Ambassador for INAS. As an international athlete I know just how hard it is to fit in the many hours of fundraising, training and competition that is needed to achieve success at the top level. I have always been inspired by para-athletes for overcoming the additional barriers that having a disability can sometimes create, and look forward to working with INAS to give more athletes with an intellectual disability the opportunity to enjoy athletics and be the very best.”
INAS Ambassador & 3x Olympian Andy Turner’
Leon Trimmingham, known as one of NBL’s (National Basketball League – Australia) best ‘dunkers’ and most popular players of all time, was born on St.Croix in the US Virgin Islands. After graduating from Briar Cliff University where he attended on a full athletic scholarship, he decided to play professional basketball internationally and in 1993 signed his first contract with Sydney Kings (Australia) where Leon still holds records for in-field goal percentage, free throw attempts, free throws made, free throw percentage and blocked shots.
14 years of playing professional basketball saw him play for many countries including the Philippines, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Argentina, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France and many more. Retired now from professional basketball, Leon now dedicates his time and expertise to coaching the USA Basketball Team for athletes with an intellectual disability. With Leon on board, ‘Athletes Without Limits’ – the US member of INAS – are now able to field their first ever men and women’s US basketball teams in National & International events, another example of how athletes with an intellectual impairment are breaking ground and making history.
INAS are delighted that Leon has agreed to become one of our Ambassadors for our America’s Region to enable INAS to further increase our profile globally, supporting even more athletes with an intellectual disability to ‘reach for gold.’
“I’m delighted to become an ambassador for INAS and to help grow opportunities in sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability. I feel immensely proud of my voluntary role as Program Director & Coach of the USA ID Basketball team. I have enjoyed a career in basketball that has allowed me to compete around the world, and the excitement and privilege of taking part in high-level sport is something that I believe everyone should have a chance to enjoy. As the World Governing Body, INAS provides that opportunity for people with an intellectual disability, and I am very proud to support them.”
‘INAS Americas Ambassador & former pro-basketball player Leon Trimmingham’
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