Olympic Diver
 
Hayley Sage is a former Olympic diver. She has been diving since the age of 10 until she retired in 2012. Today she is active as a support worker and diving coach.
 
She has represented Great Britain at 32 International diving events, including the Beijing Olympic Games, World Championships, the World Cup, European Championships, World Series, Grand Prix circuits, and also represented England in the Commonwealth Games. In 2006 Sage won her first international medal, winning bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the 3m synchro. Sage was Britain's National champion for 11 times. In 2013, Hayley passed the Fina certification qualification to enable her to judge diving at World class level.
 
With the influence of her sister she began to work with people with learning disabilities and mental health disorders. Sage is currently studying Cache Level 3 in Health and Social Care. She is also a Diving coach at Beaumont diving academy. Sage coaches all ages and abilities, including children and adults. "DiveAbilities" is a program she has set up and it’s a unique approach to coaching diving to people with disabilities. Sage aims to include the sport of diving into the Special Olympics for as many people as possible to enjoy the sport of diving.
 
On her involvement as an ambassador of the Special Olympics, Hayley commented: “I feel truly honoured to accept the role of ambassador for the Special Olympics GB.  The Special Olympics is very close to my heart.  I hope to help encourage more people into the Special Olympic sports and to feel included and to aim high in everything they take on.  I want to help support the athletes on their journey and offer advice from my own experiences.”