Sunguards

Our ‘Sunguards’ are from all areas of sport and outdoor recreation. They are volunteers who share our passion for raising awareness of sun protection in sport, helping cut the risk of skin cancer to all who love the great outdoors.

Rhos Hawes

Member of the British Sailing Team

Rhos has medalled at national and international competitions, crewing a 49er high-performance dinghy, and is notably the 2017 U.23 European Champion and 2020 Olympic reserve.

He agreed to become a Sunguard as spending his whole life training on the water, his skin has been regularly exposed to the elements. Rhos recognises that although sun protection is important, is it often overlooked, and sees Sunguarding Sport as a great opportunity create awareness.

“As athletes, we spend so much time searching for performance gains in all areas yet so often overlook the simple self-care habits that really make the difference in the long-term. To me, sun protection whilst training at sea is routine, as it should be for all.”

Daniel Whitaker

Dan is an extreme sports enthusiast and a melanoma survivor (Grade1B 2012). He has completed long-distance triathlons, Iron Man events, endurance cycle rides and most recently a successful English Channel swim, raising over £10K for two charities, including Melanoma Fund.

As a proud ‘redhead’ he understands the importance of fully protecting skin whilst active, in and around water, and is keen to share his knowledge.

“Applying sunscreen before and whilst exercising is a must. Don’t let complacency get the better of you, because UV rays won’t be complacent with your skin, your body’s largest organ. Trust me, prevention is easier than treating sunburn or much worse, suffering from skin cancer.”

Luis Arrevillagas

Luis is BaseballSoftballUK’s (BSUK) development manager in the North.

Baseball and softball is predominantly a summer sport, and with tournaments and events taking place all over the UK, there are lots of opportunities help create awareness on the importance of sun protection.

“My role is to encourage people to be active and have fun, therefore I have a responsibility to ensure they are protecting themselves from the sun.  As an organisation we have extensive safeguarding protocols in place, so to include sun protection guidelines within this remit makes complete sense.”

Lisa Wainwright MBE

CEO – Sport & Recreation Alliance

Lisa has been a driving force in improving the sport and physical activity sector for over 25 years and was awarded an MBE in 2021.

Lisa held senior roles at Sport England, British Basketball and Volleyball England, before heading up the Sport & Recreation Alliance. In 2019, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Bedfordshire, acknowledging her services to Sport Education.

“I am extremely proud to become an ambassador for such an important initiative, one which carries extra meaning for me as a survivor of cancer. Getting sun protection recognised on a wide scale in sport is something I am incredibly passionate about, and I look forward to activating my role.

The place that sport has in society has never been more important than at this moment in time, not just for physical health, but mental, social and community wellbeing, and it is vital that everyone feels like they can participate, work, or spectate safely.”

Megan Brickwood

Megan Brickwood

Member of the British Sailing Team

Megan sails the 49er FX as part of the British Sailing Team training towards the 2024 Paris Olympics.

As a youth sailor she won the 420 Worlds along with other medals at both world and European events. Megan is up against the elements during training, but even during rest periods loves to be outside and active. Megan agreed to become a Sunguard as she has lost family members to melanoma.

“’I am keen to raise awareness and set an example to a younger generation. Sporty youngsters tend to make sporty adults and the potential for accumulated UV exposure is huge, but it need not be risky, as thankfully with protection, skin cancer is mostly preventable.”

Spencer Duval

National Endurance Lead – England Athletics

Spencer represented Great Britain in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 1996 Summer Olympics, England in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada, and the 1998 Games in Malaysia.

With this experience he is well placed as the current National Endurance Lead at England Athletics, where he organises regional, national, and international training camps and get-togethers.

He recognises that athletes can often be out in the sun for long periods of time, and that tackling the effects and consequences of UV overexposure is paramount. This is especially important on international camps in hot climates, or at high altitudes where the effects are even greater.

“Being aware of the effects and the importance of sun protection and how to avoid the risks is a key issue within my work. Being a Sunguard ambassador will help me disseminate relevant and up to date information within athletics, to help reinforce the benefits of protection and planning.”

Rosie Muggeridge

Central Defender – Hastings United FC

Rosie is a former Southampton and Dorking Wanderers player, joining the Hastings United women’s team (the ‘U’s) in their 20/21 season.

With a longstanding background in sport, both coaching and playing, she fully understands the importance and relevance of sun protection in sport, particularly due to the long training sessions demanded in football.

As well as a footballer, Rosie is an outdoor activity enthusiast and is keen to use her profile and experience to raise awareness of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

“With ever-increasing rates of skin cancer, it’s so important for sportspeople to generate good habits. It’s easy to opt for a tan and I see this a lot, however this isn’t healthy in the long term. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m delighted to be involved in spreading awareness and advice within my sport.”

Jannine Walker

National Events Manager – Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance is the leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity.

Jannine is at the heart of delivering inclusive sporting opportunities for disabled people at all levels. She has been in events management for two decades, so fully understands the importance of, and challenges involved with raising awareness of sun protection in sport. When not running herself, Jannine can be found near a cricket or football pitch, supporting her two sons’ active schedules.

“We believe embedding inclusive practice is key to addressing inequalities for disabled people. Being active outdoors is important for everyone’s health and wellbeing, as is being protected from the sun. This fantastic campaign will ensure that everyone is included and made aware of why to sun protect, the risks, and how it is important to build good habits for life.

Ashley Charlwood

Adventure Sports

Being outdoors and doing adventurous things has been Ashley’s inspiration since childhood; a passion that has led to a robust and extensive knowledge of the outdoors, both as a practitioner and a senior manager.

He is a fully qualified professional Yacht master, mountain leader, mountain bike instructor, UKA run leader and holds membership as TechIOSH and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. When not working, Ash enjoys trail running, and has contributed to guidebooks for mountain biking, canoeing and wild swimming.

“I’ve spent years involved in adventure sports, and now enjoy coaching and developing people in outdoor sports, as well as being the Health & Safety advisor to UKAthletics, and a consultant to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Sun protection is close to my heart, as I lost a close friend (a third generation mountain guide) to melanoma in 2012, and went on to complete the Marathon de Sables in his memory in support the Melanoma Fund.
Adventure sport is much better when the sun is out, however sun protection isn’t yet in our everyday vocabulary, something I aim to help change”

Become a Sunguard

If you share our passion for promoting sun protection in sport and outdoor recreation,
then why not join our team of Sunguards to help us create impact on skin cancer?

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