“I’m delighted to be the first Welsh Sporting Heritage ambassador. Every elite athlete was a beginner somewhere and was inspired by not just a champion in their sport, but by someone in their local community.
“It is important to me that we don’t forget how our local communities and volunteers support sport and I want us all to remember and protect this heritage as well as celebrate success in the wider sporting population. I am delighted to be asked to support this important work.”
Pippa Britton is Wales’ most successful archer. A double Paralympian and double World Champion, she made the podium at 6 consecutive World Championships and achieved 24 medals from 24 International events. She has also represented the Welsh able-bodied archery team on more than 20 occasions and has broken many World and National records. During her sporting career she also had 2 major spinal operations and uses her remarkable story to speak at events and provide inspiration and support to others.
After retiring from competing, she decided to give back to sport and society and brings a blend of understanding and passion around equity and diversity as well as extensive non-executive director experience. Always working with fair play at heart, she has been the Vice-Chair of Sport Wales, UK Anti Doping and the British Paralympic Association and has been Chair of Disability Sport Wales. Hoping to expand physical activity to a broader base of people, she is an Independent Board Member of Aneurin Bevan NHS Health Board and has worked at Board level with many organisations at a national and international level.
Alongside her governance roles, she uses her experience of high performance and achievement along with a background in crisis management to help make things happen for other people. Through coaching and mentoring, she works with a wide range of people, from Young Ambassadors and Academy footballers to CEOs and offers a mix of challenge and support to help them thrive.
In 2023 Pippa was awarded the OBE for services to sport in the King’s birthday honours.
You can hear more from Pippa Britton in this podcast episode recorded ahead of National Sporting Heritage Day #NSHD2023. Russell Todd asks Pippa about her sporting story, archery community, motives for taking on the governance roles since her retirement from competitive sport, and her feelings on becoming an ambassador for sport in/of Wales: