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Julie is based in Harrogate and is Deputy CEO of The Avalon Care Group.
She started her career as a volunteer in a shelter for homeless adults over 25 years ago, from which she moved into learning disability support, managing care homes and supported living arrangements for people with different needs.
Julie joined The Avalon Care Group in 2002 as part of the Senior Management Team to create the workforce development strategy and setting up the Learning and Development Department. Over time widening her skills to other areas of the organisation and as Deputy CEO. Avalon has supported people living with dementia and their families for a number of years from supporting families to stay together in their own home, to support for family carers with training, advice and short breaks.
Julie said “Personally I have experienced the impact of dementia caring for my father over the past 4 years until he passed away. I first came across Sporting Memories at a conference on Dementia and was inspired by the presentation given by Tony and the positive impact of the groups. My father was an amateur boxer and even with his dementia knew the results of all his own boxing matches as well as all the boxing greats. We often used the photo cards to talk about boxing and we both found real pleasure and comfort in this.”
Jaimie is a chartered accountant with over twenty years of experience in finance and ten years actively volunteering for charitable organisations.
She works for Anchor Hanover Group who are England's largest not for profit provider of housing and care for older people, her role as Finance Partnering Manager is the preparation of accounts for our Operations division and all individual location service charge accounts for 54,000 social and non-social housing units.
Jaimie volunteers at Bradford City FC as Disability Officer and co-manages the Foundations Disability programme which includes Bradford City Disability FC a football club for all ages, genders and abilities and a volunteering programme at the ground.
Jaimie says her proudest achievement is co-founding the Women's Disability team who for two years running have been Runners Up in the FA Peoples Cup!
Co-Founder and Director
Ford Escorts and Lancia Stratos (what is the plural, strati?!) fill my early sporting memories. Growing up close to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, my parents took me to see the Lombard R.A.C and Mintex rallies fly through the gravel and forest tracks, with the likes of Roger Clark, Stig Blomqvist and Ari Vatenen throwing their rear wheel drive Escorts about with astounding accuracy and speed. Later came the amazing looks and sound of the Lancia Stratos, the first sight of which remains etched in my memory. I don't think there has been a more beautiful rally car produced. Whilst the WRC had to change, my interest in rallying remains & I can occasionally be found trying to keep a little yellow retro rally car generally pointing in the right direction on local tarmac stage rallies. Being a lifelong QPR supporter, I naturally chose a non footballing memory to recount here!
I have a passion for improving mental health care and systems through collaborative working and the effective management of information and communication. With clinical and managerial experience of working with older people in their mental health and social care, I believe that effective and sustainable developments can only be achieved if these are carried out in collaboration, ensuring service users and carers are actively engaged in planning, implementation and evaluation. As a qualified RMN, my work roles included being clinical lead and manager of long term dementia care facilities, including care homes and working in primary and secondary NHS care settings.
James has spent most of his adult life working in sport. Firstly as a BBC sports reporter and presenter for over ten years before moving into professional football where he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive at Bradford City and Rochdale football clubs.
James is now working for First Point USA travelling the world offering sports scholarship opportunities to talented young sportsmen and women.
He is also a part owner of a Sports agency and is an after dinner speaker and host himself so brings a wealth of PR, marketing and communications expertise to Sporting Memories.
James is and active fundraiser for the Charity by hosting a number of sporting dinners and later this year will take part in the Great North Run. James has also been instrumental in setting up a hugely successful Sporting Memories club in his home town of Bradford.
Trustee and Chair of the Board
Rory is based in London and has been involved with The Sporting Memories Foundation for over three years, initially as a pro-bono consultant and more recently as a trustee.
A lawyer by training, Rory brings experience from across the Legal, Banking and IT Services industries. Rory Chairs our Board of Trustees and is committed to helping The Sporting Memories Foundation to grow in a sustainable manner and continue to positively impact its members.
Alexandra Legouix is an Ambassador of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Alexandra is a professional TV presenter, vlogger and corporate host. Currently she is is the main face & pitlane reporter of Eurosport's live coverage of the World Touring Car Championship. This see's Alexandra tour the globe to 14 different countries, presenting to a reach of around 600 million viewers per show. She also presents the championship's YouTube series 'Through My Eyes' as well as their live studio show 'Over The Line'.
At Silverstone Classic, Alexandra helped us out with a few interviews to capture drivers' and fans' greatest memories, including this one with WTCC World Champ Rob Huff.?
She recently presented the live coverage of the Singapore GP interviewing all drivers and key names in F1. Alexandra additionally interviewed the drivers for the Formula One worldwide live TV coverage of the 'Drivers Parade' and in July Al presented the live covered of Silverstone Spectacular for BT Sport alongside Abbie Griffiths.Alexandra is often seen hosting many corporate events and festivals. Most notably she hosted the launch of the International Boat Show alongside Nicole Scherzinger; the London Boat Show alongside Hugh Bonneville; the Cake and Bake Show alongside Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood; Fast, Furious and Funny alongside Top Gear main man, Rory Reid; and the Fast, Car Festival with Tiff Needell.
Follow on Twitter @Legouix
Jack Benyon is an Ambassador of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Jack Benyon is International Editor of Autosport, the world's leading authority in motorsport news, analysis and opinion. Jack is a regular volunteer for The Sporting Memories Foundation and is once again taking part in the Great North Run in September 2019, helping to raise much needed funds.
Jack made this short film about his experience of volunteering, we are delighted to welcome him as an Ambassador
Dame Katherine Grainger has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Katherine won the Olympic Gold at London 2012 alongside teammate Anna Watkins in the double sculls and is Britain's most successful female rower and the only female athlete - in any sport - to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. Katherine took up rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993 and made such good progress she was awarded the Eva Bailey Trophy as their most outstanding female athlete in 1996 and again in 1997 when she won her first international Gold medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships.
Katherine has shared memories of starting out in the sport:
"When I went to Edinburgh University I was aware of a girl called Dot Blackie who had just graduated before I arrived and who had been the first female captain of the Edinburgh University Boat Club. She was a legend at the University and by then was part of the British Olympic rowing team. Having not just a role model but having one who had been in the same team, sat in the same boat, trained in the same gym as I was now doing meant I had a personal link to a genuine role model. That makes you believe that that level of success is possible."
Recalling the final in 2012
"One of the most important things I knew coming into this race was that Anna (Watkins) and I had won every race for the previous three years, that we were fit and well, that this was the best chance of Olympic Gold we would ever get. We believed we could cope with any eventuality or we at least would know how to deal with it. The massive question we couldn't answer was, on the day of the Olympic final could we cope with ‘the moment'? The pressure had built and built and a nation expected. So many people had helped and supported us along the journey in the most wonderful of ways and we really wanted to deliver the result for everyone."
Since winning her Olympic Gold Katherine has been honoured with a CBE, gained a PhD, been short-listed for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and had a post box in Aberdeen painted gold in her honour. She was elected to the British Olympic Association's Athlete Commission and a board member for International Inspiration (a London 2012 legacy charity).
In April 2017 Katherine was appointed Chair of UK Sport
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Sir Steve Redgrave has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Sir Steve has shared memories of his early sporting years and ambitions:
"My first sporting hero was Mark Spitz winning seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics; I must have been 10 at the time. It was something that made a strong impression on me. We used to have a very long drive in those days and during the summer holidays it was my job to go down to the bottom of the drive to collect the milk and the paper. I can remember more of the headlines in the paper than actually seeing it live on TV. I remember one headline in particular which was 'Spitz for six' even though he went on to win a seventh gold medal. That was the headline I always remembered.......... Rowing is a sport that dips in and out of the Commonwealth Games; fortunately for me it dipped out after 1986 and therefore leaves me as reigning Commonwealth Champion in three different events. It was quite a marked turning point in my career in a number of ways. I always wanted to be a single sculler but every time I tried that boat internationally I didn't really get very good results. I had got into the four for Los Angeles in 1984 with only about two months to go to the Games and after winning the Gold medal I thought that would be a good spring-board....."
Steve was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List in 1987 and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1997 and following his success in Sydney was awarded a Knighthood in the 2001 New Years Honours List. The University of Durham also awarded him an Honorary Degree in December 1996.
David Weir CBE has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
The 'Weir Wolf' picked up an incredible four golds at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, to add to the two won in 2008. David has had massive success both on the track and competing in wheelchair marathons around the globe.
Recalling how he first got into wheelchair racing for us:
"My school got leaflets about the London mini marathon, so I asked my parents if I could go and try it. I did the trials and got the bug for it. I was eight years old when I did my first mini marathon which was three miles, I didn't win it, but I'd found a sport I could enjoy, it was me competing against other disabled athletes.
All my mates were playing in mini league football and would come back from games and training and always had stories to tell. I didn't. But through competing in wheelchair races I had stories to tell too, I could come back and tell my friends about the race and how I was doing."
Confirmation that wheelchair racing was going to be his sport came one day when competing at Stoke Mandeville, after getting to the basketball finals as part of a cobbled together team, David went out to compete on the track in the afternoon and won all his races. That was the turning point that led to an incredible career that culminated in the memorable four gold medals at London 2012
"Ahead of London 2012 I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted to be mentally in the best shape I could be. I didn't want any injuries or illnesses, no hiccups going in to the games. The last ten weeks of training were the best I had ever had. I knew going in to the games I was in the best physical and mental shape I had ever been. I didn't want to disappoint the team who have helped me through my career.
When you see 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium, in the city you were born and raised in and you are the only Brit in the race, you don't want to disappoint them either!"
For more information on David's foundation visit: www.weir-archer-academy.com
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David Coulthard has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
DC, an integral member of the BBC F1 team, was a multiple winner of the British Grand Prix and the highest scoring British F1 driver of all time, became a supporter on hearing of the positive impact the Sporting Memories Network's innovative work is having. You can read David`s memory of his favourite F1 victory on the Replay Motorsport site.
"When I think back across my own career, I have great memories of circuits, races and the drivers I competed against. The rich history of the sport and the passion fans hold for their favourite drivers and teams should make for some great stories and discussions. I'm looking forward to seeing the fans' memories being added to the Replay Motorsport website."
DC looked back at his own career in a thirty minute interview that was produced by Mario Muth of Shakefree. Our sincere thanks go to Mario for permission to use this terrific film
DC dominated Britain's junior Formula Ford categories in 1989 and became the first ever recipient of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young drivers. In 1991 he fought a titanic battle with future Formula 1 rival Rubens Barrichello for the British Formula 3 Championship, and won the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.
He joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season he became a full-time F1 driver in 1995. That year he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship.
After moving to McLaren, David took his new team's first win in three seasons at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. In all, he scored 12 of his 13 grand prix wins and 51 of his 62 podium finishes with McLaren, and, after supporting team-mate David Coulthard on the podium in MonacoMika Häkkinen to the drivers' championship in 1998 and '99, he finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in 2001. In 2005 David moved to the newly formed Red Bull Racing team.
By the time he retired from driving, in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time. David stayed on as a consultant to Red Bull and also acts as an ambassador for Mercedes-Benz.
Visit DC's official website here : www.davidcoulthard.co.uk
The David Coulthard Museum, based in Twynholm, Scotland has without doubt the world's most complete collection of memorabilia for any F1 driver, past or present, with informative museum tours, great home made cooking & snacks and of course a friendly welcome. More details at : www.dcmuseum.co.uk
Howard Webb MBE has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Born in Rotherham, the former Police Sergeant began his journey to becoming a FIFA listed Ref in 1993 when he became an assistant referee in the Northern Counties League. It was 1998 when Howard took charge of his first game as Ref in the Football Conference before rapidly moving up the leagues.
In 2010 he became the first person to referee both the UEFA Champions League Final and the World Cup Final in the same year.
Whilst football is the focus for Howard's career, during the summer as a kid it was Tennis at Wimbledon that captured his attention.
" As a kid my all time tennis hero was Ivan Lendl. I was so desperate for him to win Wimbledon but it never happened. He kept coming up against Boris Becker and he had a great chance against Pat Cash but lost that one. The point about Ivan Lendl was that he was clean-cut and wore great Adidas shirts which I used to go out and buy to play my tennis in thinking I would be the next big thing"
When talking sporting memories, few if any, come bigger than The World Cup. Memories of 2010 also figure prominently
"And there was the second podium just on the pitch with the words FIFA on it and on top of that was the World Cup Trophy itself, but it was the shiniest piece of metal I had ever seen in my life. I had seen it so many times on TV before and replicas but I didn't expect such a wonderful sight and to think we were about to play for that Trophy with the Golden World on top and the green at the base was an amazing thing to see as I waited to walk out for the World Cup Final. Those memories and that walk out will stay with me forever, collecting the ball, onto the pitch and past that Trophy and to turn around and face it and to know that you're about to be involved in something quite amazing was very special."
Jason Leonard OBE has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
The World Cup winner enjoyed success at club and international level in a career that saw him hold the record for most international caps. As an England player, Jason was on the winning side for four Grand Slams, the Lions tour to South Africa in 1997 and played a key role in England's World Cup victory in 2003.
Recalling his early days Jason says
"I played at Barking Rugby Club until I was 18 and then I trialled with Saracen's Under 21's for a while. I played a full season at Barking as an 18-19 year old and then went to Saracens after that and had two years at Saracens where we got promotion from Division Two to what would have been the original Premiership then, sort of like the First Division, and at the time I got picked up for the Under 21's for the first ever England Under 21's International in Romania and then I came back and played one season again at Saracens in the first team in the First Division and then got chosen to go on tour to Argentina with the England team."
"We thought we'd get to the Final, we thought we'd win the Final it's just that we made bloody hard work of it and we shouldn't have. We should have won the game in eighty minutes but lack of discipline let them back in the game and one thing you can always say about Australia is that they can play the game - they're very intelligent about how they play the game and when they play. So all the credit to them, they got back in the game and I was lucky enough to come on the field at extra time."
Alastair Stewart OBE has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Alastair chose to share a memory of a nerve tingling moment from the battle for team show-jumping gold at London 2012.
"The setting was perfect - a Royal Palace on the banks of the Thames, a river that flows with patriotic pride and memories.The company also perfect - my wife, who I 'courted' on equestrian adventures to the New Forest, and two of my children who love show-jumping and are rather good at it.The spectacle? Well, it couldn't really be bettered: not only was it the final of the London 2012 Olympic team show-jumping but, on the team, a dear, personal friend - Peter Charles. Also on the team the legendary Nick Skelton and two bright young stars - Ben Maher and Scott Brash, who are currently number 1 and number 2 in the world and have become friends. The crowd was splendidly multinational, as is the sport; but the 'Brits' had an edge, I felt. Flags fluttered, people wore their 'colours' - the Dutch, in orange, were particularly striking. Each rider had already 'gone' once and Britain was, nerve-rackingly, tied with those 'orange' Dutchmen.
A 'jump-off' final is life or death in show-jumping and that was what we were about to behold....."
Alastair presented ITV's Election 2010 programme and made television history as he moderated the First Election Debate on ITV1 between David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg.
Winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Presenter of the Year in 2005, Alastair was also named as The Face of London by the Royal Television Society in 2002 for his former role of presenting London Tonight.
In 2006 Alastair was awarded the OBE for his work in broadcasting and for charity, and he in 2008 was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Bristol, followed by a Doctorate of Letters from Plymouth University in 2010.
Follow Alastair on Twitter @AlStewITN
Gordon Taylor OBE has donated a memory in support of the Sporting Memories Foundation.
Gordon is Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, the world's oldest professional sport trade union.
Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Gordon used to go with his father to watch Bolton Wanderers, the club he would go on to sign professional forms with and make his football league debut for. After ten years at the club, Gordon signed for Birmingham City and later played for Blackburn Rovers, Vancouver Whitecaps and finally Bury.
With a lifetime of memories playing and watching the beautiful game, from watching Stanley Matthews on black and white TV in the 1953 FA Cup final, making his league and FA cup debuts for Bolton through to attending World Cup Finals, choosing just one favourite memory would be impossible, but a broad smile lit up his face when recalling the day he played against Pele....and was on the winning side
"My best night would be in the summer of '77 when I played for Vancouver Whitecaps in the North American Soccer League, that was when they were trying to boost soccer in the USA, Pelé, Cruyff and George Best were all over there, but New York Cosmos really pushed the boat out. They had Pelé, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto. We had a full house at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, where you could see the mountains and the Pacific, a beautiful night, we beat them 5-3 and I got Man of the Match. To be in a team that beat Pelé and get Man of the Match was a bit special, it would be hard to top!"
Find out more about the Professional Footballers' Association at www.thepfa.com
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Adrian Bevington is a Patron of Sporting Memories Foundation.
Adrian has a wealth of experience in football and communications, having spent 17 successful years at the FA, taking in roles that included being Managing Director of Club England and FA Director of Communications.
His time at the FA spanned five World Cups, working with managers Howard Wilkinson, Peter Taylor, Kevin Keegan, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson. A life long Middlesbrough fan, Adrian has shared memories from his first game at Ayresome Park as a four year old, as a teenager meeting new signing Bernie Slaven, through to working at the club as 'Boro moved to the Riverside that sparked a massive change of fortunes for the club as the likes of Juninho, Emerson & Ravanelli arrived on Teesside.
Adrian has founded Adrian Bevington Sport & PR Ltd and regularly appears in the media commenting on the beautiful game.
He is a regular guest on talkSPORT and can be found on Twitter @ABevington11
Luther Blissett is a Patron of Sporting Memories Foundation
Former England, Watford and A C Milan striker Luther Blissett is a Patron of The Sporting Memories Foundation
Follow Luther on Twitter @LBliss8