In The South

Sports campaign group appoints first trans patron

Gary Hart February 25, 2016

Hove based tranformational speaker Sophie Cook has been appointed the first trans patron at the sports campaign group, Just A Ball Game? (JBG?).

Sophie Cook
Sophie Cook

JBG? campaigns to encourage and promote football, sport and healthy leisure activities among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people (LGBT) regardless of race, religion, sex, age, physical ability or disability and Sophie joins other Patrons on the board including footballer Anton Hysen, captain of the GB Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team, Claire Harvey, sports administrator, politician and equality campaigner Edward Lord OBE and Angela Eagle MP.

Sophie brings a wealth of experience to the table as both a rock photographer for band The Libertines and Premier League photographer at AFC Bournemouth. Along side of this, she now regularly attends LGBT events across the country as a motivational speaker touching on subjects such as overcoming fear in life and business, diversity and inclusion, LGBT issues and sports.

In the past Sophie served in the RAF, has been a motorbike racer and newspaper editor. It was her RAF grounding that’s been a support network during Sophie’s coming out story:

Sophie said: “In the RAF we were a very close-knit team, we knew that we could rely on the other team members, even now 30 years later we are a team and I received nothing but support from them when I came out as transgender.”

She continued: “Becoming a Patron of Just A Ball Game? is so important as it’s a great way for me to show my support for the outstanding work that they are doing to increase diversity and inclusion within sports. LGBT people should never feel excluded from watching or participating in the sports that they love.”

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