New high-flying role puts Mike Tindall on cloud nine

Friday April 6, 2012

Former England rubby captain Mike Tindall is proud to be named a sporting ambassador for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS). 

It's the charity that is often the first to leap into action and help save lives on the pitch.

"I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to become an ambassador and to help raise awareness for such a truly worthy cause," he told HELLO!.

The charitable organisation is particularly dear to Mike’s heart because of its crucial links to his favourite sport.

Serious head, neck and spinal injuries account for the highest number of its callouts and require the fastest medical attention.

Step forward the TAAS paramedics – and its pair of state-of-the-art Agusta civilian helicopters.

They can be airborne in just 45 seconds and fly at 200mph, getting paramedics to the injury scene in a matter of life-saving minutes.

The rugby star last week paid a flying visit to the service’s base at Coventry Airport, where he tackled pilot and TAAS’s head of aviation Dan Martin and paramedics Phillipa Gibbs and Jenny Mealey (pictured with Mike).

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