Dedicated athletes to make a change
We created Sport For Refugees to bring more motivation and energy to the ones that need it in their life at this moment.
Founder - Executive Director
Based in France and Greece.
Estelle is a humanitarian worker and a passionate athlete. She holds a Master degree in Political Science and Management from the ISMaPP-Paris. She did 18 years of horse riding, 8 years of competition swimming, and she is now running marathons, trails and training for triathlons.
She is an excellent swimming teacher and an outstanding running coach. She gives workout and fitness classes, yoga sessions, and Muay Thai boxing trainings.
Estelle founded the organisation to raise awareness of positive impact sport has and to share her passion among her peers and beyond.
Today she manages a wide range of training on the ground, coaches volunteers and refugee sport teachers, fundraising, and leads on social media.
Natalie is a certified yoga teacher who had a vision of creating a place where refugees can heal from their difficult journey and release their tensions. She came to Lesvos to volunteer at first and when seeing the situation she realized how yoga could help the human beings who had suffered and are still suffering from very difficult life conditions.
Natalie has a deep knowledge in healing methods such as Thetahealing, Thai massage, healing through music and water therapy.
When Natalie and Estelle met in January 2018 they started collaborating together: Natalie came with helpers to build the Wellness Tent in One Happy Family Community Center and after a few days yoga classes, sport sessions were starting !
Ali has a black belt DAN II in taekwondo. He has been training since he is 8 years old. He is part of the national taekwondo team in Afghanistan since 2016. He trains 6 hours a day everyday to perform even better. Ali is also a teacher: he used to train kids of 4-5 years old back in Afghanistan and he is now trains men and women of all ages at the One Happy Family Community Center.
He daily participates in running, workouts and Muay Thai boxing with Sport For Refugees. He wants to continue training very intensely to be prepared for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
MUAY THAI TEACHER
Jâśòor has been practising Muay Thai for more than 8 years in Afghanistan. Today he has a Khan 7 meaning he has a good understanding of both technical and theoretical knowledge in Muay Thai and he can competently pass on his passion to students. He is certified as an assistant instructor since 2017 and started giving classes in Kabul before coming to Europe.
Jâśòor aspires to get to Level 4 and to become a fully certified instructor. He actively participates in cardio trainings, workouts and personal coaching with Sport For Refugees.
Kamara is a passionate athlete and coach. He has been practising football, tennis and basketball and has always been taking care of his body. He has a lot of experience in bodybuilding and in cardio trainings. He is now giving personal trainings to very motivated students twice a day. He is attentive to the needs of each one of them to make them improve at their best.
Kamara is a very dedicated trainer and he is very motivated to have more knowledge about athlete nutrition and anatomy related to sport.
FITNESS AND CARDIO COACH
Hamid is a very new athlete. He started doing sport when arriving to Greece and he is now developing his abilities and strength progressively (and very fast!).
He started running in the end of 2017 and he achieved to be ranked 4th in his first trail race in Agiasos in March 2018 (22kms with 1200m of ascent).
He follows almost every sport class provided by Sport For Refugees and practices kickboxing as his favorite sport.
He is learning and coaching everyday to give challenging and very efficient fitness classes.
Sport For Refugees is very happy to have such an humble and passionate athlete in its team.
Talented supporters from everywhere contribute to the cause in their unique way
Rick Grieg Higginson
Based in Denmark
Rick is a diplomat and passionate sportsman. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Business and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Development from Liverpool, A Coruña and Aalborg Universities.
Rick is a passionate athlete and a member of Copenhagen Wolves rugby team and Denmark’s Black Swans field hockey team. He is a regular in OC races, a cross fitter, weight lifter, kayaker, and also a keen tennis player and boxer.
He has worked with refugees in Greece amongst others on sport activities. Today, Rick uses his network over the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as the UK to initiate and develop Sport For Refugees projects with a focus on integration.
Based in Greece and Switzerland
Corinne has 8 years of experience in development and in the humanitarian sector with focus on health in Asia, Africa and Europe. She holds a MA in International Community Development with Distinction, a BSc Business Administration and is certified as yoga and mindfulness teacher for children, adolescents and adults (595hrs).
Today she combines her passion for community development and yoga in building capacity of individuals and empower communities through yoga (various styles and levels), breathing, meditation, positive thinking and peaceful communication.
Corinne manages yoga sessions on the ground and coaches refugee sport teachers..
Iris Soler Gibert
Based in Catalunya
Iris is currently studying her Bachelors in Pedagogy at the University of Girona. She is passionate about dancing since she was a little girl and she danced from the age of 4 to 14. She loves music and art. On her free time she dives into the world of painting or walks to the very top of a mountain, because she loves mountain sports, and nature, and animals.
Last year she travelled to Lesbos where she volunteered and worked with the refugees. Once in Lesbos and thanks to her studies, she got to perform and develop a pedagogic and inclusive approach, which she could put into practice with all the boys and girls making the most of every moment. That marked a real turning point in her life.
Now, she is helping us from Girona, managing the the teams of volunteers and she has also organised an amazing campaign to collect used sport clothes together with Alejandro.
Based in Spain
Alejandro is an energetic and a positive person. Graduate in Labor Relations and with a Master in Personal and Executive Coaching, he is now working in Duracell HR department.
He is a football player since he’s 5 years old, even if he is passion remains music.
He is supporting the organization with volunteers recruitment and organized a very successful clothes collection for Sport for Refugees together with Iris.