Meet the new UKSA Intern Team!

Left to right, Nicole Renzetti, Ava Sandford, Catalina Mac Laughlin

UKSA is delighted to welcome our newest intern team members – Nicole Renzetti, Ava Sandford and Catalina Mac Laughlin.

Through a long standing working relationship with Syracuse New York and London we are delighted to host once again, three talented students as they take on a Summer Internship as part of their overseas programme in London during June and July.

Find out a little more about each of the ladies working hard behind the scenes!

Nicole Renzetti, UKSA Sports Administrator (Intern)

Hi! My name is Nicole Renzetti and I am a rising senior at Syracuse University majoring in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and minoring in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice. I grew up in Chester, New Jersey about 45 minutes outside of New York City. Sports have always been an important aspect of my life as I played soccer and swam competitively for most of my life. Although my soccer career now only consists of watching and playing casual games with friends, I still coach and participate in my local swim team back in the states. I also enjoy watching sports and am a huge fan of American football and baseball, Go Yankees!

I am so excited to be a part of UK Sports Association this summer in London as it has always been my dream to live and work in London. I also have a very personal connection to the work that UKSA does as I hope to one day become an inclusive elementary teacher and eventually educational supervisor. The values that UKSA stand for and promote are something that are a part of my personal pedagogy and values within my life. To be able to be a part of an organisation that combines both of my passions is something that I feel very proud and thankful to be a part of.

The work being done by UKSA is really important and I’m glad to be working with so many accomplished and caring individuals who are just as passionate about this work as I am.

You can contact Nicole on

Ava Sandford, UKSA Programmes Officer (Intern)

Hi! My name is Ava Sandford. I am a rising senior at Syracuse University in New York double majoring in international relations and environment, sustainability, and policy. I’m originally from outside of Boston, Massachusetts and have spent most of my life watching and participating in sports. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I know how much hard work is put into competing at an elite level and how rewarding it can be. At Syracuse University I have been able to continue my love for the sport as a member of the club gymnastics team, where I also held a fundraiser coordinating position on the team’s executive board.

I am so excited to have an opportunity at UKSA to help people with intellectual impairment get back to training and competing to their highest potential. The influence of sport is so powerful and something that no one should ever be excluded or discouraged from. At UKSA,  I will be working more specifically with policy, governance, and business support. In addition to this role, I look forward to continuing to learn more about the athletes at the heart of this organisation and how they can best be represented and further supported.

I am so grateful to be a part of such a great organisation and being a small part of the impact that they undoubtedly make!

You can contact Ava at

Catalina MacLaughlin, UKSA Digital Media & Fundraising Officer (Intern)

Hello! My name is Catalina Mac Laughlin. I am a rising senior at Syracuse University studying Human Development and Family Science. My parents immigrated from Argentina to Chicago, the greatest city in the United States, where I was born and raised along with my younger brother. I grew up playing different sports including basketball, soccer (sorry, football), lacrosse, and volleyball. However, my favorite sport to compete in is cross country. I was lucky to have access to the great running trails in the city, and I was encouraged by Chicago’s huge running community. I also ran the Chicago marathon in 2016, and hope to run many more in the future.

I love being part of different athletic communities, so I am so excited to be a part of UK Sports Association this summer. At Syracuse University, I am part of OttoTHON, the 12-hour dance marathon that raises funds that benefit the nearby children’s hospital. Fundraising can be a daunting task, but it is critical, and social media has been the most effective tool that has enabled me to reach a wide audience.

I hope to be able to contribute to fundraising efforts and increase the exposure that the UK Sports Association receives this summer so that the organisation is able to support as many athletes as possible as they work to compete and win at the highest level. I love working with organisations that benefit the community, and am grateful to be part of this team.

You can contact Catalina at


If you would like to get involved with the UK Sports Association as an intern or volunteer, then check out our latest vacancies and opportunities here.

We need a variety of skills and expertise, so would love to hear from you!


Published 17 June 2021