SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR DISABILITY –


Natasha is a 22 year old Elite Disability Gymnast. On May 27th 2013, her life changed forever when she went into anaphylactic shock. 4 years, 250+ epipens and multiple intensive care admissions later, Natasha has been diagnosed with a rare life threatening condition called Mast Cell Activation (MCAS); causing her to live in a constant state of allergic reaction. Despite this, Natasha trains and competes as a gymnast.

Since starting disability gymnastics in November 2014 she has won 19 British titles, been ranked number one for three years running and was named Inspiring Young Woman of the Year 2015. Natasha is a patron of Birtenshaw, a Charity based in Bolton for children and adults with Special Education Needs and Disabilities. She also volunteers regularly for Scope and Mast Cell Action, helping to raise awareness of MCAS and change people’s perceptions of disability.


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Positive Role Model (Age)

Zach Brookes

  • 2 years ago
  • written by NDA

SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Zach Brookes is a 22-year-old tennis player and coach with a passion for his sport and a story to tell. Since first picking up a racket at the age of seven, tennis has helped Zach through tougher times, and now provides him with a platform to push himself and also help others. Zach competed in men’s competitions for two years before revealing he was transgender, sharing his story through the rainbow laces campaign and attracting national media attention. Zach has also been diagnosed with autism and has achieved gold and silver medals in regional tournaments in the run up the Special Olympics. He has delivered awareness training for students at his previous college, and is part of Stonewalls Trans Advisory Group. Zach is on a mission to break down barriers in sport and has been a courageous voice, not only for himself in the face of considerable challenges, but for others less able.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Cathy’s life’s journey came to an abrupt cross road in 2009, when she was made redundant (twice!), her marriage broke down and she was very ill with asthma and IBS. Suffering from depression and having to re-think her career, Cathy attended a yoga class which changed her life forever. She is now a qualified Yoga teacher and established Diversity Yoga to bring strength, mobility, wellbeing and stress relief to everyone, regardless of their age, background or physical ability. She also founded Soapbox Coaching to help people speak and communicate with clarity, conviction and confidence. Cathy uses yoga breathing and stress release techniques to help people overcome debilitating glossophobia. By Cathy’s own admission her life started at 50, and she is now inspiring countless other individuals who may find themselves in a similar situation.


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