Partnership Manager Michelle Daltry will leave the organisation later this month to pursue a new vocational opportunity. Michelle started her career with Disability Sport Wales in 2000 when she was the first appointed Development Officer in Wales, based in Wrexham. After two years in office, she became the Community Manager - a role which evolved into the Partnership Manager.
During the last two decades, Michelle has been very much an integral part of the team and has been a true asset to the organisation, bringing commitment, enthusiasm and expertise to the role.
When she reflects on the last 19 years, Michelle is particularly proud of the success of the Community programme. In 2004 there were 1,400 participation opportunities for disabled people in Wales; that figure has now risen to 1.8 million and continues to rise! Over the years she has established a fantastic relationship with the 22 local authorities in Wales and the Development Officers to make a real difference, while also working with the team to develop the highly successful insport programme thus achieving fantastic results.
Michelle Daltry said: ‘Being a part of the Disability Sport Wales family has been a huge privilege. To have been surrounded by passionate, committed and driven people who every day are challenging sport and physical activity to ensure that every disabled person has the same opportunity in Wales will always be something that I will be immensely proud of and grateful for. Leaving DSW has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the DSW family, the staff, board, partners, coaches, volunteers, athletes and community participants for all your support and friendship.’
Fiona Reid, CEO added: ‘Michelle has touched the lives of so many and in such positive ways during her time with DSW. She will be sorely missed by the DSW team and people within the community who she has seen grow up (in a lot of cases) within our programmes, events and clubs. Michelle’s friendly and approachable personality, as well as her huge knowledge and passion for equity and diversity has helped our work grow. I, the team and the DSW Board wish her every success in her new role and know that she will bring the same humour and energy to her new team as she has to all of us.’