Sheffield born para-rower, Grace Clough, has been given a boost on the road to Rio, thanks to leading snacking company Mondelēz International which has signed up the athlete as one of its official athlete ambassadors.
As an official partner for the British Paralympic Association (BPA), Mondelēz International will be backing Grace all the way to the biggest Paralympic sporting event, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Grace, who is World Champion in the mixed para-rowing coxed four, hopes to represent the Paralympics GB Rowing Team next year. She was spotted during a British Paralympic Association ‘Sports Fest’ event in Sheffield during 2013, which was funded by The Cadbury Foundation. Since then, she has been working hard and is now a Paralympic hopeful.
Grace said: “Taking part in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has always been a goal for me. I want to be seen as a role model for other upcoming Paralympic athletes and inspire people to follow their passion.
“I am extremely grateful to Mondelēz International for selecting me as one of their athlete ambassadors. I can continue my journey knowing that I have a lot of support behind me.”
Phil Greenhalgh, Managing Director UK from Mondelēz International, added: “We are proud to show our support to British Paralympians on their route to such an iconic sporting event. With such a busy training schedule, we are delighted that Grace will act as one of our ambassadors as she is an inspiration to other upcoming athletes and the region.”
Mondelēz International is supporting three Paralympic athletes in the run up to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, including para-rower, Grace Clough; Wanborough wheelchair tennis ace, Louise Hunt, and British Paralympic Judo competitor, Sam Ingram.
The British Paralympic Association is urging the public to help the athletes on their journey by supporting the Supercharge ParalympicsGB campaign. Find out more here: http://rio.paralympics.org.uk/news/article/supercharge-paralympicsgb
About Grace Clough
Grace took up rowing in late 2013 after attending a SportsFest event put on at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield which was promoting disability sports. Prior to this she had no rowing experience.
Since then things have progressed rather quickly and Grace went from training on the High Performance Programme based at Nottingham Rowing Club to training full time with the squad in Caversham. In January 2014 she made the move down south to train full time with the squad, something which she is thoroughly enjoying. Grace captained Yorkshire at basketball and loves playing football – she was inspired by Bend It Like Beckham – but a shoulder injury at birth meant she could only reach a certain level. That prompted her to give disability sport a try and, after trials in cycling and athletics, she took up rowing in September 2013.
About Supercharge Paralympics GB campaign
Supercharge ParalympicsGB is the first time that the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has launched a major public facing campaign to generate support and raise funds for ParalympicsGB.
For first time, the British public can actively show their support for Britain’s Paralympians through fundraising, donating funds and taking part in dedicated ‘Supercharge’ fan activity.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with pro forma 2014 revenue of more than $30 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; Trident gum and Tang powdered beverages. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.