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Kate Wilson
Kate chats with a fellow 2007 All Star at a Downing Street reception

Kate Wilson's contacts read like a who's who of British sport. But her formidable phone list hasn't been assembled by smoozing her way round networking events.

Instead her enthusiasm and commitment to changing young people's lives through sport, have got the great and the good rushing to introduce her to their friends and colleagues.

After reaching the finals of Your Game 2007 with her Paignton Panthers team, Kate was selected for the All Stars team that toured Namibia. An interview with BBC Radio 5Live followed, where she was sat alongside double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes.

Kate asked Kelly if she could interview her for her blog. By the end Kelly was so impressed with Kate, she introduced her to the head of UK Sport, who in turn introduced her to Sir Keith Mills, one of the main players in London's successful 2012 Olympic bid.

"We met in a restaurant on the trip to Namibia. It was awesome, just being out there and being part of the documentary that the BBC made," said Kate.

Sir Keith ended up funding Kate as she began her charity the Jump Start Foundation.

I'm still involved with sports training provider Chartstage who I first met back at my first Your Game event in 2007

Kate Wilson

Now the Foundation's first scheme has just got underway with young people in Paignton, some homeless, some outside education, taking part in a six-week scheme of sport and education.

"We want there to be as little discrimination as possible as to who took part. In the mornings those involved learn about healthy living, personal development, fundraising, and politics and work towards sports and fitness level one qualification," said Kate.

"We have had a personal trainer come in and develop personal fitness plans that they work to during the afternoon sessions. At the end of the scheme we are going to have a team in this year's Your Game event in London.

"Its been good because I'm still involved with sports training provider Chartstage who I first met back at my first Your Game event in 2007."



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Profile: Kate Wilson
11 Sep 07 |  Your Game
Your Game and Chartstage
11 Jul 07 |  Your Game
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