Our Ambassadors

Rachel Burford

Rugby Player

Rachel is a World Cup Winning Rugby player having been on the winning team for England in August 2014, and representing and competing for the team throughout the last decade. With over 50 Caps, Rachel’s dedication to her sport has led her to compete in five Rugby World Cups, six RBS 6 Nations Tournaments and three European Championships.

With all her accomplishments, in 2014 Rachel was offered a professional sevens contract and is now focusing on training towards the 2016 Olympic Games.

Rachel is an Ambassador for the Meatsnacks Group and is passionate about the products, having used biltong and beef jerky as an aid whilst training. The athlete uses jerky as a pre and post workout snack to get a healthy protein hit when she needs it.

Pamela Relph MBE

World Rowing Champion

Pamela Relph MBE is a reigning Paralympic Champion, three times World Rowing Champion and remains undefeated in international competition. Pamela is supported by the Meatsnacks Group and eats jerky to assist her with training and recovery due to it being high in protein and low in fat.

Diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at a young age, Pamela’s condition manifested itself in the degeneration of her joints. Her wrist bones fused together whilst growing, resulting in limited strength and function in her hand and wrist. Despite her disability, at age 16, Pamela embarked on an Army Officer training scheme. The athlete won a scholarship at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, sponsored by the Royal Engineers. Unfortunately, after four years of education and military training, her disability meant that being in the Army was no longer a feasible career option.

After being medically discharged from the Army, in 2011 Pamela enquired into classification for Paralympic rowing beginning her career as a full time athlete. Within 10 months Pamela was crowned World Champion in the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed 4 (LTA4+) Classification at the 2011 World Championship Regatta in Bled, Slovenia. In the 2012 Paralympic Games, Pamela’s crew took the Gold Medal on home water at Eton Dorney, securing the greatest triumph a Paralympian can achieve.

The latest victory at the 2015 World Championships at Aiguebelette, France, qualified the GB LTAM4 boat for Rio de Janeiro Paralympic regatta in September 2016.

Joshua Nathan

Gymnast

Joshua Nathan, age 16 is a gymnast supported by the Meatsnacks Group. The young athlete has had many highlights in his ten-year career so far having achieved an array of prestigious titles, reflecting his hard work and dedication to his profession.

Joshua has competed and earned titles from under 14, 16 and 18 categories at the British and English Championships. Most recently, the athlete came first in the 2015 Under 17s English Championships for Pommel Horse. He has also won a gold medal for the Under 18s 4-way competition between GB, Switzerland, Germany and France.

Joshua endeavours to compete with Team GB in the 2016 European Championships as well as competing in the 2016 British and English Championships.

Joshua enjoys Cruga Biltong as part of his training regime.

Jamie Galloway

Footballer

Jamie Galloway is a Semi-Professional footballer who is supported by the Meatsnacks Group. The footballer currently plays for Deportivo Galicia positioning as a winger on either flank. As an ambassador, Jamie promotes beef jerky in gyms across London.

Before his football career, Jamie had worked in the Leisure industry as a qualified Lifeguard and Fitness Instructor. His professional and diligent conduct was rewarded when he won the 2014 Apprentice of the Year, awarded by the Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards for the completion of his apprenticeship. His successes have been recognised by mainstream media, having been heavily featured in established publications.

Taeo Robinson

Taeo Robinson is a reigning men’s physique champion from the East Midlands who has progressed through the ranks leading to an invitation for the Amatuer Olympia in late 2016. His progress has been steady and he has achieved some great things in his bodybuilding career so far;

  • 2016- Amateur Olympia Qualified
  • 2015- East of England Champion
  • 2015- Sugars Classic Champion
  • 2015- Ranked 4th in the United Kingdom

He has been competing for two and half years and trains 4-6 times a week with a busy schedule away from training with work. Taeo told us, “Every time I train it is key to get some good quality protein in my system in order to speed up my recovery and help me to keep training. Beef Jerky offers me the ability to get a high amount of protein in a short amount of time. It gives me the chance to get valuable nutrients post workout that will help in my recovery.”

Taeo aims to use 2016 as another year to achieve dreams in his class and to conquer his own life goals. Using Beef Jerky will give Taeo the time recover and feel sharper as he balances his commitments with a quick, protein fuelled hit after training.

John Shorter

Pickup Truck Racer, John Shorter started his career racing on the oval dirt tracks of Autograss at the age of 14. Over the years, John’s hard work and passion for racing has steered him to successfully compete in various technical classes, picking up his first national title in 2009. John had another triumphant year in 2014, where he won the title of the National Autograss Champion.

John furthered his success in 2015 by winning the PRO2 Category in the Pickup Truck Racing Championships in his rookie year.

We are delighted to support John and Wild West Team Shorter and are looking forward to another successful year in 2016.

Lamin Deen

Bobsleigh is a muscle pumping adrenaline sport that requires a mix of reaction, driver skill, speed/strength and team work. It is not for the faint hearted.

Lamin is a pilot on his team and began bobsleighing in 2006 after attending the army annual sprint race. He finished a not so shabby 3rd place, he was then scouted for the position of brakeman/pusher.

He loves racing down the ice tracks at high speeds of up to 100mph and up to 5G force in some of the bends. Lamin and team mates have nick named the sport “F1 on ice”

Lamin believes that protein is a huge part of a bobsleighers life and what better way to get it in then a delicious meat snack.

“I have attended 5 world championship and 1 Olympic Games and my aim (not dream) is to win a medal in the 2018 Winter Games”

We wish Lamin all the best for achieving his dream at the 2018 Winter Games.

Paul Addicott

Paul Addicott, a family man who loves to run. Always up for the next challenge, completing Ironman; 100k races and numerous marathons are just the beginning. Paul wants to join the 100 marathon club, and loves to travel abroad to do a marathon.

With a PB of 1:23 for a half marathon and 3:08 for a marathon, Paul still wants to go sub 3, but these days prefers to pace races than race them. Paul said “there is no better feeling than helping a group of people achieve their PB’s”. Paul will be pacing London, Manchester, Liverpool and Berlin marathons this year along with numerous half marathons.

Tim Garner

Tim is a former professional squash player who reached no.26 in the PSA World Rankings and no.6 in the UK. He is an eight time European Club Champion and still plays competitive squash for Paderborn, Lansdowne and Dulwich. Since retiring from the professional tour, Tim has undertaken a number of different sporting challenges including Olympic Distance Triathlon, the London Marathon and incredibly playing 7 matches on 7 continents in 7 days with his friend ex-World no.1, Peter Nicol MBE. Tim has also completed the 90 km Comrades Marathon in South Africa. It was from this and his many trips to South Africa for squash that he realised what a great energy snack biltong was. He quickly realised that in the UK people are all too quick to grab a packet of crisps or chocolate bar, when meat snacks are a healthier and better option!

Damien Mills

Damien is a World Number one ranked Heavy Weight Stickfighter. Damien currently holds 6 World titles, but had to miss last year’s competition in Hawaii due to funding. He has been the British Super Heavyweight champion since 2006, holding titles in single stick, double stick, live and padded stick (no armour). He has a busy year ahead of him; he is off to Poland in July 2017 to defend his European Title (he is undefeated in Europe since 2007). He will also be travelling to Portugal in July 2018 for the World Championships.

Damien describes himself a local lad, living in Watford (Northants) running his clubs out of the BST MMA Academy in Northampton. The Strike Team (the full contact arm of his club) is the highest achieving club in the UK, which boasts multiple World, European and British champions.

Damien also co-head coaches the Global Stick and Blade Alliance GB Team. The GB Team are Medal ranked number 1 in the World. His teams fight all over the globe with competitions being held in Las Vegas, Mallorca, Rome, Hawaii, Poland, as well as hosting a number of National Championships in the UK every year.

Dominick Cunningham

I am a Great British gymnast and  have been part of the squad for 13 years now. I started gymnastics at the age of 5.
Having competed at major championships such as the Europeans, I was one of the reserves for the 2016 Olympics and went out with the team to Rio. This made me hungry for the up coming competitions in the future! I also own an Olympic torch because I ran with one in 2012!
My future is looking very good and I will carry on pushing the limits!
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Dion Leonard

Dion Leonard is a Australian/British Ultra Runner who started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world, in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes, including two times at the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert. Dion has also run South Africa’s 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race 3 times (winning it in 2017), MDS Peru 250km in the Ica Desert, Hawaii’s infamous HURT 100 and Cambodia 220km.

In 2016 Dion was running a 250km race across the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 125km.

The unlikely pair formed an unbreakable bond and Dion made Gobi a promise to bring her home, but their journey would become an emotional rollercoaster ride as Gobi would go missing in a city in Northwestern China. Their unbelievable true story became a worldwide sensation and international bestselling book with a movie now in the works.

Lucja Leonard

Lucja Leonard is a Dutch-Australian ultra runner who has spent the last 15 years living and working in the UK and is now based in Chamonix.  Lucja has competed in some of the most amazing & challenging events across the world including the infamous Marathon Des Sables (twice), Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (twice – 2nd lady), TransGranCanaria, Transvulcania and Marathon Mont Blanc.  She has also ran the length of The Netherlands, 500km in 5 days, in pink (R)underwear to raise £8k for Breast Cancer charity Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Lucja has a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage and Personal Fitness Trainer Level 3.  Offering mobile sports massage in and around Chamonix and also available for running coaching & training plans.