Paralympian and World & European Champion, Sabrina Fortune, supports the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Sabrina is part of our BRIT Ambassador family to support and improve young adult mental health throughout the UK.
Sabrina is a British Paralympic track and field athlete from Wales and competes in the F20 category throwing events. Sabrina won bronze in the Shot Put at the 2016 Summer Paralympics and gold at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. In 2021, she represented Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
“I’m thrilled to part of the BRIT Ambassador family help support and improve young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
As a former student of Deeside College (now Coleg Cambria), I am aware of the many mental health challenges that young adults face. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young adults and students who are already facing mental health difficulties. I am inspired by BRIT’s vision, and the BRIT Ambassador family, who are determined to encourage and enthuse students at this difficult time through participation in the annual BRIT Challenge
The BRIT Challenge is such an exciting opportunity for young adults and has huge potential to engage and support Higher and Further Education students in all Welsh universities and colleges. I hope every Welsh university, college, specialist college and Students’ Union enters teams embraces this feelgood February fundraiser to enable their students and staff to take part.
I urge my fellow current and retired Paralympians, Olympians and elite athletes from all sports to join our BRIT Ambassador family and promote the BRIT Challenge at universities and colleges of their choice, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
I look forward to encouraging and supporting students and staff at Coleg Cambria and Wrexham Glyndwr University to take on the BRIT Challenge.”
Paralympian and World and European Champion
Sabrina was inspired to become an athlete after watching her brother compete. She joined an athletics club when she was eleven and began competing at local meets in 2008.
In 2014, Sabrina travelled to São Paulo and took part in the Brazilian Paralympic School Games and won gold in the F20 Shot Put. That same year, she took part in her first IPC Grand Prix in Grosseto, Italy.
In 2015, Sabrina was selected for the Great Britain team and competed at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha where she came fourth. During the build-up to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Sabrina competed at the IPC Athletics Championships in Grosseto where she came fourth.
Sabrina’s success resulted in her selection for Team GB at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Her throw of 12.94 metres, a personal best, secured the bronze medal and she was the first Welsh athlete of the games to reach the podium.
In 2018, Sabrina won the gold medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships with a championship-record throw of 13.30 metres.
At the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, Sabrina won the gold medal with another championship-record throw of 13.91 metres.
In 2021, Sabrina represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games where she came 5th.
She is currently the World No.4 in the F20 Shot Put and to read more about Sabrina, please visit the International Paralympic Committee website.
To read more about how to become involved in parasport, please visit the Paralympics GB website.