Dreams Come True are delighted to welcome British Paralympian, bronze medallist Olivia Breen as our first Young Ambassador.
Olivia hit the headlines in 2012 when she competed in London as a T38 athlete in the 100m and 200m sprints, and the first leg of the T35-38 women's relay team. At the age of 16, to bring home a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay was an incredible achievement. "I have loved running ever since I was little and to compete at the Paralympics in London was a dream come true for me"
With a long term ambition to work with disabled children Olivia described the charity as a 'perfect fit' for her. Her message to the dream children on the charity's waiting list was "Find something you enjoy and you are good at and go out there and do it, be open minded, everybody has a skill no matter what their disability or condition"
In 2014 she was selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in the long jump and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal coming 4th.
From Glasgow she went to the IPC European Championships in Swansea and competed in the long jump, 100m and 4 x 100 metres. She came fourth again in the long jump but got a new pb so was very happy. She won a bronze medal in the 100m and a silver medal in the 4 x 100m.
For 2015 Livvy has already been working hard and was delighted to achieve a new personal best in the 60m at the Southern England Athletic Association's indoor competition at Lee Valley by taking 1/2 second off her previous one. She has another 60m race on 1st February and is then off to Dubai to compete in the IPC Grand Prix for Team GB.
Olivia's big competition this year is the IPC World Championships in Doha in October with Rio looming ever closer!
"Olympians and Paralympians in general are always a huge source of inspiration and having been born with cerebral palsy Olivia is a shining example. To convert your talent into a Paralympic medal winning performance requires a dream, a passion, a plan and a burning desire to reach your full potential. Our dream children are often unable to live their lives as most children do. Many have little to look forward to beyond continual rounds of hospital visits and sometimes painful treatment. Having Olivia on board to support us in making dreams come true will strike a chord with the children and young people we work with whose drive and courage to make the most of life despite their condition is such an inspiration" said Peter Newman, Chief Executive from Dreams Come True.