Sport is a big deal to our CEO, James Palmer. He understands the passion, commitment and drive it takes to achieve your potential and then some. His attitude doesn’t change when it comes to how he believes we should support our Partners. 9’s team are passionate, committed and driven to leave our Partners Free to Perform.
To illustrate our Free to Perform ethos, we are working alongside some of the leading superstars of British sport to act as our brand ambassadors.
Rio Paralympic and Olympic gold medallists, Gordon Reid and Maddie Hinch will be joined by multiple championship winners and prospective Olympic medallists, Becky and Ellie Downie, with the group complemented by our longstanding colleague and Porsche Supercup driver, Josh Webster.
All our ambassadors represent 9 and embody our Free to Perform ethos. There will be opportunities for Partners to hear them speak and watch them in action. Our guests will have a chance to hold a gold medal and hear about what it takes to be an Olympic champion, or a winner on the track.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on sport, with most events having to be suspended and spectator attendance unlikely to resume any time soon. We are working closely with all our ambassadors to support them during this period and maintain our relationships until full time competitive sport can resume.
Maddie is one of hockey’s biggest stars. The current World Number One female goalkeeper, she has amassed more than one hundred caps for England and Great Britain. Maddie saved all four penalties in the final of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics against the Netherlands, which saw Team GB take home a memorable Gold medal. A flag-bearer for youth participation in hockey, her ambition is to retain the no.1 jersey for Team GB and secure another Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.Read more about Maddie
Ellie & Becky Downie
Becky and Ellie Downie are a sister-duo of British Artistic Gymnasts. Becky is a double Olympian, the 2016 European bar champion and the 2019 World Championship silver medallist on the uneven bars. Ellie is a Rio Olympian, 2017, a European all-around Champion and 2019 World Championship vault bronze medallist. Both girls are focussed on competing at the rescheduled Olympics in Tokyo and bringing home more medals!Find out more about Becky & Ellie
Gordon Reid is a phenomenally talented wheelchair tennis player, having won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and a singles gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Overall, he has won two singles and eleven doubles grand slam titles adding his most recent doubles titles at the Australian Open with partner Alfie Hewett. Gordon will be hoping to retain his current excellent form and collect more grand slam titles on his way to The Tokyo Paralympic Games, now rescheduled for August and September 2021.Find out more about Gordon
Our longest serving 9 ambassador, Josh won his very first Kart race aged 12 then went on to become Junior European Champion within three years. After winning titles in single-seater categories, Josh won the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship at the end of 2013, to race in 2014 & 2015 in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship. He went on to break multiple records including being the youngest driver to win the Championship, which he achieved in his first year.
Josh has now moved up to race in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship, the fastest single-make series in the world, a support race to Formula 1.
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