Paralympian Ben Quilter has joined a project to inspire youngsters to take up more activities.
Dartford based Ben, who won a judo bronze medal in London 2012, is the latest sports star to be named as an ambassador for KalliKids, a Brighton based company.
He joins current ambassadors, ex-England cricketer Mike Yardy and former British number 1 tennis player Julie Pullen.
As ambassadors they aim is to inspire all children to take up a sporting, music or other activity for life.
KalliKids is dedicated to providing recommended, trusted and approved information on children and family activities.
Ben, 32, said: “I can really relate to what the KalliKids’ and its ambassador scheme stands for. This has become even more the case since I had my son 14 months ago.
“I want to help get the word out that being involved in something positive when you are young can be so beneficial in so many ways.”
Ben scooped third place in the 60kg category in 2012 despite a knee injury just 7 weeks before. He had previously gained 5th in 2008 Beijing. He’s also double World and European Champion.
“The whole of London 2012 was incredible. Originally I had my sights set on gold, but after getting so injured just before the games, it was a great relief to get bronze,“ said Ben.
Growing up in Brighton, Ben started judo at the age of 7 year. He was diagnosed at 10 years with a degenerative sight condition that resulted in him having no central vision and only able to see peripherally. He never gave up.
Since retiring from judo, Ben has got married, become a dad, earned his degree and run a couple of marathons.
As a KalliKids ambassador he hopes to inspire others to never give up.
He said: “Youngsters need to get out there and experience as many things as possible. Get out of a comfort zone, try new challenges and push themselves. The rewards will be worth it.”
"Youngsters need to get out there and experience as many things as possible. Get out of a comfort zone, try new challenges and push themselves," said Ben.