Dan Bentley

Dan Bentley

Honorary Ambassador

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Chelmsford-born Dan Bentley is a Team GB Boccia Paralympian. He won a team gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and a team bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Chelmsford-born Dan Bentley is a Team GB Boccia Paralympian. He won a team gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and a team bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics. On a visit to Jubilee Lodge in 2013, to help celebrate Revitalise’s 50th anniversary and the appointment of Samantha Cameron as the charity’s Patron, Dan commented: "I was honoured to have been asked along today to play a round of Boccia with the guests and volunteers at Jubilee Lodge and also highlight the fantastic work that Revitalise excel at and help them celebrate their 50th year.  When I was younger I used to have breaks away. Not only did it help me, it also gave my parents much-needed time to recharge their batteries." Dan recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a Graphic Design degree and now works as a graphic designer.

David Smith MBE

David Smith MBE

Honorary Ambassador

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David Smith won a gold medal in the BC1 mixed individual Boccia event at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

David Smith won a gold medal in the BC1 mixed individual Boccia event at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. His gold in Rio adds to the gold he won in Beijing and the silver and bronze he won in London. David is now the joint most successful British Boccia player in history. He developed his talent for Boccia as a student at Treloars School in Hampshire, of which he is now Patron. He became the youngest ever player to win the British Championships and went on to be crowned World Champion at the age of 18.  On a recent visit to Netley Waterside House to show the guests his medal collection, David said: “Achieving gold is something I will never forget and it was great to see so many of the guests having fun and getting involved in a sport that I am so passionate about.” David famously played Boccia with Samantha Cameron on the occasion of Samantha’s appointment as Patron of Revitalise at Jubilee Lodge in 2013. Eastleigh-born David - who now resides in Swansea - was awarded an MBE for services to Paralympic sport in the Queen’s New Years Honours list in 2017.

Nick Skelton CBE

Nick Skelton CBE

Honorary Ambassador

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Nick won a team Showjumping gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and surpassed this with individual gold in Rio four years later - making him the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since 1908.

Showjumping star Nick was appointed an Honorary Ambassador for Revitalise in February 2017. Nick has had a long and very successful career in equestrianism and received an OBE for services to equestrian sport in 2012. Later, Nick won a team Showjumping gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and surpassed this with individual gold in Rio four years later - making him the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since 1908. For this, and in recognition of his continued service to equestrian sport, Nick was elevated to a CBE. Revitalise offered an Ambassadorship to Nick due to his incredible Showjumping achievements and his personal experience of disability caused by a neck injury in 2000, from which Nick subsequently made a full recovery. Nick now works tirelessly to support fellow injured equestrians in recovery from spinal injury.

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