Summer Festival 101 – Your Special Guests

Our Summer Festival 2018 Special Guests are ready to get stuck in! They’ll be cheering you on as you take part in the activities, motivating you with inspirational speeches and competing to hit the top spot during the Special Guest Showdown

Our Summer Festival 2018 Special Guests are ready to get stuck in. They’ll be cheering you on as you take part in the activities, motivating you with inspirational speeches and competing to hit the top spot during the Special Guest Showdown.

Why not take advantage of our special guests and see if you can get the following;

  • A picture at our brand new Selfie Station
  • Autograph in your Summer Festival Brochure
  • Vote for the winner of the Special Guest showdown during the Closing Ceremony

Natasha Coates – GB Disability Gymnast

Natasha is a 22 x British Gymnastics Gold Medallist competing in disability Gymnastics. She was diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome at the age of 18 causing her to be allergic to exercise amongst other things. As well as her numerous titles, Natasha is also a Pride of Sport winner and British Gymnastics Disability Ambassador and a true inspiration for many disabled people. To top it off, Natasha has now decided to study British Sign Language!

Some of you may remember seeing Natasha at last year’s Summer Festival, however this year Natasha is going to be showing off her skills by performing her medal worthy floor routine at the Closing Ceremony at 2.30pm – we can’t wait to see it!

Kat Hawkins – GB Sitting Volleyball Player

GB Sitting Volleyball Paralympian Kat Hawkins first joined us for our DSC Spring ClubGames back in April. Kat had both legs amputated below the knee at the age of 18 and since then has become a journalist for the BBC as well as reporting, directing and producing films, TV and podcasts.

Her sporting interests doesn’t stop at Sitting Volleyball; she also has a clear passion for dance too. I’m sure you can guess which sport you can find Kat at during the festival!

Kate Grey – former GB Paralympic Swimmer

Kate is no stranger to DSC and joins us for her 3rd Summer Festival. Kate is a former GB Paralympic Swimmer and represented the GB team for 10 years. Since retiring from being a GB athlete, Kate has not stopped her involvement in sport. She is now an athlete mentor working with young people to promote the power of sport and is a BBC broadcaster – you may have seen her on your TV screen during the Paralympics a few years back.

Royal Society for Blind Children Choir

For the first time, we will be joined by the RSBC choir who will be performing 2 of their original songs. The choir is formed of young people aged 11 – 25 who are blind or partially sighted with a passion for music. Catch their performance at 1pm on court 4 and get inspired to do activities outside of sport!

Ginisha Vekaria, from RSBC said: “Here at RSBC we aim to help every blind and partially sighted young person we work with to find and fulfil their own unique potential. Our Music group encourages young people living with a visual impairment to develop their confidence, share their voice and express themselves. They have written and composed two songs, which express how they feel as visually impaired young people, and are delighted to have the opportunity to perform at the Disability Sports Coach Summer Festival!”

Last but certainly not least, we are happy to announce that we will be joined by RBKC Mayor Cllr Marie-Therese Rossi and Deputy Mayor Cllr Mohammad Bakhtiar.

We are really excited to welcome all our special guests to this year Summer Festival.

Key details & register your place online!

Date: Friday 27thJuly 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Venue: Westway Sport and Fitness Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, Kensington, London, W10 6RP
Price: FREE
Register: Click here to register for free!

If you are an organisation and want to bring a group, please contact Lauren before the event, on the below contact details.

For more information please call Lauren on 0207 021 0973 or email

This event is sponsored by LMAX Exchange:

LMAX Exchange Group is a global, high-growth financial technology company that is leading the transformation of the global FX industry to transparent, fair, precise and consistent execution. Servicing funds, banks, brokerages in over 100 countries, LMAX Exchange operates one global marketplace for trading FX, metals, indices and commodities. Headquartered in West London, LMAX Exchange is committed to supporting the local community and welcomes the opportunity to sponsor Disability Sports Coach’s Summer Festival 2018.

David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange said: “Based in West London, LMAX Exchange has built a successful, high growth technology company that has become a leading innovator in global capital markets. We are committed and pleased to support all sports and youth development in the local community where we work. And it is our privilege to support Disability Sports Coach’s Summer Festival 2018 and their objective of getting disabled people physically active, by creating sporting and physical activity opportunities, ensuring a positive impact on their lives.”


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