In 2008, Anna made a remarkable recovery from a horrific cycling accident that left her with a fractured neck. After rigorous rehabilitation and training, she qualified for the Beijing Olympics later that year where she won the only cycling medal for Australia - a silver in the individual sprint.
Since then Anna has won the Women's Keirin at the World Track Cycling Championships in Paris, and the Women's Sprint Gold Medal against arch rival Victoria Pendleton at the 2012 London Olympics. Due to her outstanding accomplishments, Anna was named as the Official Flag Bearer for the Australian Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won Bronze in the Women's Keirin. Her success in what would be her final Olympic campaign saw Anna become Australia's most decorated cyclist in Olympic history, the only woman in the world to medal in all 4 sprint events at the Olympic Games, and the only Australian athlete to medal individually at four consecutive Olympic Games. In August 2014, between Olympic campaigns, Anna raised a remarkable $215,000 when she shaved her head for Little Heroes Foundation live on Adelaide's Today Tonight at the National Wine Centre.
Jessica took up competitive running just four years ago, she is already
building an impressive collection of achievements. In 2012 Jess ran her
first marathon in Nagoya (Japan) in just 2:31:02 and after several
anxious weeks qualified for the London Olympic Games. In just her second
marathon she competed against the world's best and finished an
The following year, Jess finished 11th at the Moscow
World Championships - the best performance ever by an Australian in the
marathon. Then in 2014, Jess claimed the bronze medal in the marathon at
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Jess has been involved with Little
Heroes Foundation since 2012.
Striker Bruce Djite was born in Washington D.C and moved to Sydney as child. Bruce joined Adelaide United in 2006 and again in 2011 after stints in Turkey and on the Gold Coast. He has since become Adelaide's highest all time goal scorer!
Bruce was an influential player in the Red's 2015/16 season, which saw them claim their first A-League Championship against the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1.
After becoming a first time dad, Bruce knows the importance of the work we do and says it means a lot to be a Little Heroes ambassador.
Son of Australian Cricket Coach, Darren
Lehmann, Jake made a name for himself in the cricketing world, after a
breakout season in 2015-16.
His trademark moustache and personality have
helped Jake quickly become a fan favourite at the Adelaide Strikers,
particularly after his matching winning efforts against the Hobart
Hurricanes in 2015 (Hitting 6 from his first bat, and last delivery of
the game, to seal the win). Jake joined Little Heroes Foundation as an
official ambassador at the end of 2016. However, this is not the first
time Little Heroes Foundation have been supported by the Lehmann family,
with his father Darren being a long-time supporter and friend of the
Tom Lynch currently plays for the Adelaide Football Club, after crossing the border from St Kilda at the end of the 2011 season. He has played over 90 AFL games, with more to come following a breakout season in 2013, which saw him play 17 games and kicking 33 goals. In the same year, he became only the third player (behind Scott Hodges and our very own Tony Modra) to score 10 or more goals in a game for Adelaide.
Off the field, Tom is a father of two, and understands the importance of the work we do at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Tom joins as the latest official Little Heroes Ambassador in 2017. We look forward to seeing Tom at our future events
Recognised as one of the most accomplished female jockeys of all time, Clare Lindop claimed multiple South Australian jockey premierships, and more than 1400 winners across her 23-year career.
A trailblazer for women in the sport of competitive racing, Clare was the first Australian female to ever ride in the famed Melbourne Cup, where she rode ‘Debben’ for Leon McDonald in 2003. Clare has now ridden in the Melbourne Cup on three occasions, with a 5th place aboard ‘Dolphin Jo’ in 2007 being her best finish.
Clare established herself as one of the leading riders in South Australia, and following an illustrious career, retired from the sport in 2018.
When joining the foundation as an ambassador in 2017, Clare said she looked forward to giving back to South Australian children and families.
“It’s great to be able to give back to a foundation that does so much for sick children and their families in SA.”
“Having seen some of the work they have done at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and through meeting the team, I am proud to be joining the Foundation as an ambassador, so that I can do my part to support these kids.”
After winning The Block Sky High 2013 twin sisters Alisa and Lysandra have stayed extremely busy! The girls quit the police force and later launched their new interior design business 'Alisa & Lysandra Collections'. Beyond their thriving careers, Alisa and Lysandra enjoy busy parenthood, with Alisa giving birth to her second child Dash in early 2016.
Alisa and Lysandra began supporting Little Heroes Foundation during their time on TV, and as official ambassadors, continue to raise awareness, attend our events and help us raise funds for seriously ill children.