Walkden signs as OPRO ambassador

31 May 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Double world taekwondo champion Bianca Walkden has agreed a deal with OPRO to become a brand ambassador for the mouthguard manufacturer.

The announcement comes off the back of Walkden’s silver medal at the European Taekwondo Championships in Kazan earlier this month, where team GB finished their most successful European campaign, with seven medals in total.

Bianca joins Great Britain women’s hockey Olympic gold medallist, Shona McCallin, former England women’s rugby player, Danielle Waterman, and British karate world champion, Jordan Thomas as an OPRO ambassador.

According to OPRO, the partnership will foster a programme based on education and fun, with Bianca visiting schools in an effort to continue to build the profile of the sport in the UK.

Walkden added: “For me, it really is still about inspiring that next generation. By 2020 our aim is to have 100,000 more girls moving through sport. I see our sport, in particular, as incredibly entertaining and fun – with OPRO’s support in educating youngsters on how they can take part in a safe way, I think we can really drive participation levels in the coming years.

The school visits, which will also have the support of coaches and trained volunteers are all part of a greater push from OPRO to make sport safe through their mouthguards.

OPRO chief executive officer David Allen commented: “We are very much looking forward to working with Bianca as she builds up to the Olympics in 2020. She’s an incredible talent and we hope to be able to work with her to not only help her achieve her goals in the sport but to also boost the profile of taekwondo as a whole.”

With OPRO having announced their partnership with the UFC last year, and further partnerships in place with the likes of England Boxing, GB Taekwondo, as well as the German, French and Italian Mixed Martial Arts Federations, Bianca will be key in engaging, educating and inspiring people across combat sports.