The Your Time Ambassadors provide inspiration to girls taking part in the programme and offer the benefit of their experience of competitive sport. The ambassadors are divided into two categories: Sport and Leadership.
Collectively the Your Time Sport Ambassadors have won Olympic and Paralympic medals, World Championships and taken part in global events. Each of them also has their own individual experience of taking part in competitive sport that they can share with future generations.
Learn more about each of the Your Time Sport Ambassadors below.
Lauren was born without a right forearm but this did not hold her back as she later went on to become a Paralympic champion.
Lauren made her Paralympic debut in the aquatic centre in 2008 before specialising in paratriathlon at her third Games in 2016 to showing her tenacious edge as she brought home a Paralympic silver medal in the paratriathlon.
2018 saw Lauren take to a different sport as she donned sequin dresses on the dancing floor as a contestant on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, waltzing her way to the semi-finals. Lauren valiantly took part in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins in 2020 undertaking gruelling challenges on the remote island of Raasay as her athlete mentality shone through to win the show.
After narrowly missing out on gold in 2016, Lauren made history as she crossed the line in Tokyo winning the Paralympic Champion title as she claimed gold in the women’s PTS5 paratriathlon. The final medal to complete her arsenal of titles. Following her event Lauren joined Channel 4’s coverage team, acting as a pundit.
Lauren inspires others with her story of overcoming adversity, proving others wrong with the mantra of ability not disability.
Jodie began her sporting journey at the young age of 4, swimming for her local swimming club, Oldbury. At 8 years old, Jodie was introduced to the sport of triathlon before winning her first event at age 9 in the Lake District.
Fast forward a few years Jodie is now an acclaimed triathlete having represented both Great Britain and England on the world’s biggest sporting stages. The 2016 Glasgow Commonwealth Games saw Jodie crowned as a double Commonwealth champion, having attained gold in the individual and mixed team triathlon to be held amongst her title as a four-times World Triathlon Series winner.
2019 saw Jodie branch into middle distance racing and shortly after, she claimed the Challenge Miami title in 2021. Now a 70.3 athlete, Jodie has her eyes set on claiming major titles over this coming year to add to her prowess as a double Commonwealth champion.
Layla is not your typical athlete - an England Rose and an NHS doctor.
One of the more experienced players in the current England Netball squad, she made her debut for the Roses in 2012. As one of the best defensive players in the country, Layla is a key, formidable force in England's defence.
Layla’s club netball has seen her play for prominent teams in the Netball Superleague, including Loughborough Lightning and Team Bath, before competing in the Australian Super Netball League with Adelaide Thunderbirds.
A netball superstar, Layla is also a doctor, juggling both her medical and international career side by side. As the coronavirus pandemic hit, Layla travelled back from Australia to work on the NHS frontline in her hometown of Birmingham.
After rejoining Team Bath after her stint in Adelaide, they narrowly missed out on being crowned league champions in a nail-biting final against Loughborough Lightning.
As the Commonwealth Games is set to be hosted in Layla’s hometown, she looks to continue her development with Team Bath and England whilst also continuing her work with the NHS. Representing Birmingham and England Netball, Layla had the honour of being part of the Queen’s Baton Relay. Half Netballer. Half Doctor. A total inspiration.
Having made her senior debut in 2008, Maddie Hinch has since represented England and Great Britain over 150 times.
Maddie grabbed the world’s attention during her show-stopping display in the 2016 Olympic shootout final as 10 million people watched on to witness her first Olympic medal, a historic gold. Rightfully so, Maddie was named Goalkeeper of the Year after her nail-biting display, going on to win the title a further two times.
History repeated itself five years later as Maddie's heroic shootout performance in the Tokyo Olympics quarter-final saw Great Britain propel to win bronze. However, Maddie’s career has not always been smooth sailing, having missed out on a spot in London 2012 this only spurred her dreams to wear the number 1 shirt.
Maddie currently plays her club hockey in the Netherlands as she gets set for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Paris 2024.
Joyce, from Barnet in North London, is our first Leadership Ambassador for the Your Time programme. She will be recognisable to anyone taking on the Your Time to Lead online learning modules, as she provides the introduction to the online content as well as being the inspiration behind the avatar that guides learners through many of the activities.
In addition to being a Your Time Ambassador, Joyce was names as our Learner of the Year for 2021, having demonstrated outstanding development of her skills throughout a disrupted year, encouraging others to take part in sport and physical activity with her passion and enthusiasm.
Joyce describes herself as someone who doesn’t necessarily take to sport naturally, but her energy and commitment to organising and participating in sports events in her community and with her peers provides an excellent example for anyone she comes into contact with.
Described by her Sports Leadership tutor as ‘an outstanding Sports Leader’ and someone who ‘generates enthusiasm, motivation and is exceptional when working with children’, Joyce embodies our vision of young people realising their potential and represents the spirit of the Your Time programme.
At our launch event for Your Time, Joyce described her view of the importance of the programme. Take a look at the video below: -
Find out more about the Your Time programme and how it could inspire a generation of leaders in your school to raise female participation in competitive sport in your school by clicking here or use the link below to register your interest.
Your Time is our programme created in partnership with the Department for Education that encourages and empowers teenage girls to create competitive sport opportunites for their peers.