Australian boxing legend Jeff Horn has thrown his hat into the ring as the third official Ambassador for the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games taking place in Brisbane in six months time.
The former World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion who calls the city his home was a natural choice to spread the word about the event.
“I’m honoured to join the INAS Global Games and very excited to play a role in this inspirational celebration of athletic ability,” Horn said.
The INAS Global Games, held every four years, is the world’s largest high performance sports event for athletes with an intellectual impairment and will be held between 12-19 October. Over 1,000 athletes will compete across nine sports in a celebration of sport, culture and ability.
“Being born and bred in Brisbane I am very proud to be an ambassador for this major sporting event and I am certainly encouraging everyone to come along and experience the unique greatness of these Games,” Horn continued.
“With athletes from up to 80 countries proudly contesting success throughout these Games, we will see not only exceptional athletic prowess, but witness the courage and determination as these international athletes strive to be the very best that they can be.”
The boxing great joins Australia’s tennis legend, Pat Rafter and Paralympic swimming sensation Daniel Fox as 2019 INAS Global Games Ambassadors.
“It’s great to have Jeff along on the Global Games 2019 journey with the compelling passion and sheer determination he shows in the ring. I know his reputation and ability to connect with all of Australia and globally will be a real benefit in promoting the INAS Global Games,” said Global Games Sports Company Chief Executive Officer, Robyn Smith.
“It is not only Jeff’s fighting spirit and his success in the ring that makes him the perfect Ambassador; it is his humble demeanor and personal commitment for inclusivity in schools and society, as he leads the way to reduce bullying and discrimination, that makes him stand out.”
In joining Rafter and Fox, Horn will be actively promoting the vision of the Global Games – that inclusive sport has the ability to change attitudes, challenge perceptions and strengthen communities both locally and globally.