SIGA is building a network of highly influential current and former athletes to act as ambassadors for the organisation. Known as the “SIGA Champions”, our athlete ambassadors are crucial in helping generate awareness about SIGA and the role it is playing in safeguarding the integrity of sport. SIGA embraces and values the voice of athletes that have a huge role to play and embody the values SIGA advocates: fair play, honesty, team work and integrity.
The roles and responsibilities of the SIGA Champions include promoting SIGA at international sporting events through networking and speaker platforms, endorsing SIGA and sports integrity initiatives via the their social media platforms, and attending industry events on behalf of SIGA.
Arlene Limas is an Olympic, National and World Champion in Taekwondo. She made history when she became the first American to win a gold medal in Taekwondo at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
She is a member of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame and was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame located in Troy, Michigan in 2019. Limas is the Chapter President of the National Capital Area Olympians and Paralympians in Washington, DC USA. She also owns a martial arts and fitness gym and mentors athletes.
After competing in many amateur championships in France, as Thai boxing, wrestling, pancrace, grappling and jiu-jitsu, I decided to extend my amateur to MMA. That was possible because of the existence of the IMMAF which is the greatest amateur MMA federation. As a French national team member CFMMA (French MMA federation) I been able to compete in 9 IMMAF event against great opponent from all around the world. That made me able to generate tremendous amount of experience that I might extend in the coming years before turning pro, in aim to become one of the greatest MMA athlete in the world!
Amateur record: 18-5
French Thai boxing champion 2016 (FFKMDA)
MMA World silver medalist 2017 (IMMAF)
MMA European Champion 2018 (IMMAF)
MMA World silver medalist 2018 (IMMAF)
MMA Africa silver medalist 2019 (IMMAF)
MMA European Bronze medalist 2019 (IMMAF)
MMA Oceania Champion 2019 (IMMAF)
MMA Pan America Champion 2019 (IMMAF)
Cameron Myler’s professional experiences are diverse, but there’s a common theme: sport. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport, an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an intellectual property and sports lawyer, and a four-‐time Olympian in the sport of luge.
At NYU, Cameron’s teaching and research interests include legal issues relating to Olympic sport, international sports governance, the regulation of doping in sport, intellectual property, as well as athletes’ commercial rights, branding and career transitions. Cameron is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which adjudicates eligibility, doping, ethics and commercial issues related to sport. She served on the Anti-‐Doping Division of CAS at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. In her legal practice, she has represented Olympic athletes and sports organizations, advised media and entertainment clients in a variety of commercial matters, and litigated high-‐profile intellectual property cases.
Prior to practicing law, Cameron competed in four Olympic Games in the sport of luge (1988 – Calgary, 1992 – Albertville, 1994 – Lillehammer, 1998 – Nagano), and was elected by her teammates to carry the American flag at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Norway. She was U.S. National Champion seven times and won 11 World Cup medals. Cameron was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association for Sport & Physical Education and is featured in the book SuperWomen: 100 Women -‐ 100 Sports. She is a two-time grant recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation Training and Travel Fund.
She is committed to using sport to promote development and social change. Cameron is an Athlete Ambassador for Kids Play International, a nonprofit that uses sport to promote gender equity in countries impacted by genocide, and an Olympic Ambassador for Athlete Ally, which advocates for inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in sports. She also supports Champions for America’s Future, a nonprofit organization that promotes policy solutions for at-‐risk kids to compete in life.
Cameron graduated from Dartmouth College cum laude and, after retiring from competitive sport, received her J.D. from Boston College Law School and an Executive Masters in Sports Organization Management from the University of Poitiers, a program coordinated by the IOC.
Francisco, 20 years old. Head Coach, Assistant coach and Match analyst in several clubs like Sporting Clube de Linda, Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia and Sociedade União 1º Dezembro. Two of these teams are in National Divisions and Francisco has been experiencing working with kids and with players older than him. In terms of leadership, Francisco thinks it is always a challenge when you are younger than the players.
Completed two internships in SL Benfica (U19 team). Several formations in Portugal and doing the UEFA courses in Great Britain. Speaker in private and public events in companies such as: Garrigues Lawyers, JonesLangLaSalle, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Banco Popular.
João Tralhão started his Football Coaching career in the year 2000, 20 years ago. During this process, he coached all age groups from younger ages to senior level and experienced different roles from assistant coach to head coach. In 2006 he became a Professional Coach, after finishing his Academic Graduation in Sports & Physical Education, specialized in Football Training Methodology, in Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (FMH), Universidade de Lisboa.
His first senior-level experience was in 2008 with the role of SL Benfica 1st team Assistant Coach. In 2011 he became the SL Benfica U19 Head Coach. After 7 years as U19 Head Coach, he became the U23 SL Benfica Head Coach. During his career he has worked with many amazing young talents, part of whom later became Elite Professional Football players. In terms of collective achievements at Benefica, he achieved several National Championship trophies and achieved two times the UEFA Champions Youth League Final.
João won the Portugal Youth Development Coach of the Year award in 2018, by Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and won the SL Benfica Coach of Year, and Team of the Year awards, in 2019.
He subsequently joined AS Monaco 1st team as Assistant Coach of Thierry Henry and has achieved his UEFA A license and UEFA PRO license in Wales, Football Association of Wales.
Karin broke her back in a gymnastics vaulting accident and is most known for her wheelchair tennis accolades. She is a 2-time Paralympian and a 10-time member of the USA World Team. She was the first person with a disability to receive a Division 1 athletic scholarship to Georgia State University (U.S.) to play intercollegiate wheelchair tennis and has gone on to assist other universities in creating their own wheelchair tennis programs.
She was named the USA’s Junior Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup Coach and led the top American juniors into international competition, where they are currently ranked number ONE in the world! Her induction into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame as its youngest inductee and only person with a disability, speaks to her unyielding commitment to foster and grow the sport of tennis to all those who wish to play.
In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious “Athletes in Excellence Award” by the Foundation for Global Sports Development which recognizes elite-level athletes who have dedicated themselves to bettering their local and global communities through mentorship, service, and volunteerism. In 2019, she received the 2019 UNIQLO Spirit Award given to a person who embodies the principles and core values of UNIQLO, a person who seeks to change the world around them by challenging themselves and striving for the highest standards, pursuing their goals with an innovative spirit and a shared desire to see wheelchair tennis continually move forward to ever greater heights.
KELLY SANTOS MÜLLER
Kelly Santos Müller is a Olympic Medalist. She has defended the Brazilian women’s basketball team for 20 years. The experienced post participated in important achievements by the Brazilian team such as the Bronze Medal in the Sydney Olympics, also participated in the Olympics of Athens, Beijing and Rio.
She still participated in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Santo Domingo got Bronze Medal, Rio got Silver Medal and Toronto. Three times American Cup Champion and three times South American Champion among others. For the club, she has played for WNBA, Europe and Asia with 9 different countries.
Kelly still active as an athlete, divides her workload between training, projects for a new professional team, and participates in feminist initiatives in pursuit of equality with the Women of Brazil Group and improvements in sports laws with Athletes for Brazil that brings together 60 famous athletes.
Louis Saha is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for teams including Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester United, Everton, Spurs and Lazio. He also represented France, playing in both UEFA Euro 2004 and the FIFA World Cup in 2006. At Manchester United he won the Premier League twice, the UEFA Champions League and the League Cup.
Since hanging up his boots, Louis has moved into the world of business where he has used his experience to develop AxisStars, a private community for professional athletes and entertainers which empowers & equips them throughout their career and beyond.
Louis is delighted to be a SIGA champion – transparency and integrity have always been very important to him and he is excited about the work that the SIGA & AxisStars Communities can do to improve things in the industry as a whole.
Majlinda Kelmendi is a judoka from Kosovo. She has been the world champion in 2013 and 2014, and olympic champion of 2016 in the -52 kilogram category. Kelmendi was born in the city of Peja, May 9, 1991.
The female judoka from the small Balkans state started her sport a couple of months before the Kosovo War of 1999 . “Since I was a kid I wanted to be successful, not famous, but successful. And while growing up, this desire, this dream became bigger and bigger. While playing judo, I just saw the different side of myself. I found out that through judo I could be somebody. Not because of being in the center of attention, but just by giving my best, my one hundred percent. Then I am OK.”
Miguel Ângelo Falcão de Oliveira (born January 4, 1995) is a Portuguese motorcycle racer currently in the Moto2 World Championship. He has gained extensive experience in Moto3, having competed for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team in 2012, the Mahindra Racing team in 2013 and 2014 and finishing runner-up with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team in 2015.
Oliveira’s father, a former motorcycle racer, always supported his son’s love of racing and gave him his first quad-bike when he was four years old. He started racing in the national championship at nine years old, in the Portuguese MiniGP Championship in 2004, winning the Young Promise of the Year award in Portugal. His first successes came in 2005 when he won the Portuguese MiniGP championship and Metrakit World Festival in Spain. In 2006, he repeated his earlier success and in 2007 he won the Mediterranean PreGP 125 Trophy. In 2009, he was third in the Spanish championship, and in 2010 battled Maverick Viñales for the title, eventually finishing runner-up by just two points and progressed to become the first full-time Portuguese rider to reach the world championship. At the 2015 Italian Grand Prix, Oliveira achieved the first World Championship victory for a Portuguese rider.
In 2017 he finished the Moto 2 World Championship in the third position with KTM Ajo adding three consecutive victories to his outstanding career.
Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos Mota, born June 29, 1958, is a Portuguese former marathon runner, one of her country’s foremost athletes, being the first sportswoman from Portugal to win Olympic gold. Mota was the first woman to win multiple Olympic marathon medals as well as being the only woman to be the reigning European, World, and Olympic champion at the same time. On the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) she was distinguished as the greatest female marathon runner of all time.
Stacey Copeland has represented her country in both football and boxing. In 2018 she made history when she became the first ever British woman to win the Commonwealth title.
As a footballer she represented England U18s, played in an FA cup final and has also played abroad in America and Sweden. As an amateur boxer Stacey won a European silver medal and has now turned professional, winning the Commonwealth title in 2018.
Stacey is currently enjoying presenting ‘The Dead Good Show’ on Radio Manchester and training hard for her next fight.
Tabata Viana is an ex-professional soccer player that has played in major professional teams in Brazil. She was recruited by a University in Oklahoma. She graduated in Physical Education and specialises in Exercise Physiology and Physical Evaluation. She lives currently in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founder of JOGA Brazil, which is dedicated to developing innovative Brazilian-American soccer products & services.
She relies on 10+-years old career as a personal trainer and coach to design special programs and new possibilities in football. Based on her own Brazilian-American experience she believes in the athlete’s development by combining the very best of the two worlds. Besides this, she is connected with present high-level soccer coaches, clubs, training methods and professionals that are currently part of the youth soccer development in Brazil. More recently, in the US, Tabata worked with the US Soccer Development Academy and in the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
YANET MARIA ARIAS ACOSTA
Yanet Maria Arias Acosta is Capitan of a Colombian basketball team with 21 years of experience. Yanet is one of the players that has played in professional teams overseas. She played in Countries like Austria, España, Brasil, Ecuador, Venezuela. She has 13 medals with the Colombia national team in different tournaments. She graduated in Engineering Industry, and project management specialist. She lives currently in Santiago de Cali -Colombia, which is dedicated to developing the leadership of the Colombian women Basketball players.
Based on her own Colombian Basketball team experience she is helping the players’ development projects to make the first women professional league. Besides this, she is connected with present high-level basketball coaches and clubs, that are currently part of the youth basketball development in Colombia.