Integrity and Athlete Welfare: Staying Ahead of The Game

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Integrity and Athlete Welfare: Staying Ahead of The Game

Sport Resolutions is proud to present our inaugural conference Integrity and Athlete Welfare: Staying Ahead of The Game, to be held at the Grange St Paul's Hotel in London on 14 May. Our promise is to entertain, provoke and inform you about the big issues that create conflict and disputes in sport. Featuring a world class line-up of speakers, the conference is packed full of lively debate, analysis and insight into the legal, scientific and ethical challenges for sport. Why not join us and decide for yourself whether we are staying ahead of the game?

The conference is to be hosted and facilitated by BBC and ITV Sport presenter John Inverdale and also features Olympic gold medal winning athletes Denise Lewis and Nicole Cooke and England Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson. They will be joined by leading experts in sports governance, law, science and medicine.






We start by inviting UK Anti-Doping Chair David Kenworthy and cricket disciplinary Chair Gerard Elias QC to examine the twin threats of doping and match-fixing. We question whether we are doing enough to combat integrity threats to sport and ask whether we should be trying new and different approaches. We then move on to hear integrity expert Nigel Mawer look at the practical problems faced by governing bodies in responding to match fixing allegations in sport. How well equipped is sport to tackle the problem? What kind of response is necessary?

After coffee we invite Jonathan Taylor to challenge the effectiveness of the new 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and Professor Chris Cooper to demystify the science behind the pharmacological enhancement of sport performance. Prior to lunch, UK Athletics chief Ed Warner and Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Nicole Cooke complete our expert panel to discuss the legal, scientific and sporting challenges of keeping pace with drug abuse in sport.

After lunch we turn our attention to the athlete. Top sports psychiatrist Dr Phil Hopley interviews Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis about what makes athletes tick. We explore how they cope with pressure and injury set backs and discover what drives risk-taking behaviour and cheating in sport. Our athlete panel of Nicole Cooke, Dr Kitrina Douglas, Nigel Walker and Ben Quilter then engage in a wide-ranging debate about handling pressure and protecting athlete welfare.    

We return from a short tea break to hear Dr Willliam Stewart review the latest scientific research into brain injury and its practical implications for sport and the management of athletes. We will view clips from the internationally acclaimed film “Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis”. England Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson then joins John Inverdale  for an exclusive interview on his career and a players perspective on concussion issues in rugby. We close the conference with a cross-sport panel discussion with industry experts on the wider legal, policy and athlete management issues for sport. Delegates and speakers are then invited to join us for a drinks reception.

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John Inverdale: Award-winning TV and radio presenter who has covered most major sporting events including the Olympic Games, Wimbledon and the Rugby and Football World Cups.

Denise Lewis: Olympic gold medal winning heptathlete turned TV athletics pundit for the BBC who covered the 2012 Olympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Nicole Cooke: Olympic gold medal winning professional road cyclist and world champion who is a vocal advocate for drug-free sport.

Matt Dawson: Rugby World Cup winner and most capped England scrum-half, Question of Sport team captain and media personality.

Ben Quilter: Diagnosed with a degenerative sight condition at aged 10 that resulted in him having no central vision and only being able to see peripherally, Ben won a judo bronze medal for Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Professor Jack Anderson: Professor of Law at Queen's University, Belfast. He has published widely on the topic of violence, consensual harm and personal injury in sport.

Simon Barker: Simon Barker is a former professional football player and current Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association. He is a member of the Sports Betting Group and represents the PFA on the Professional Players' Federation (PPF).  

Professor Chris Cooper: Professor of Biochemistry and Head of Sports Science research at the University of Essex. He is author of the acclaimed book about the science behind doping in sport "Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat".

Dr Kitrina Douglas: Professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour, who following her retirement completed a PhD in Achievement Psychology of international female golfers. She is now a Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University with an interest in athlete motivation and mental well-being.

Gerard Elias QC: A barrister who specialises in Public Inquiries and Criminal Law. In his role as Chair of Discipline for the England & Wales Cricket Board, he chaired the disciplinary tribunal into allegations of spot-fixing involving Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria.

Dr Phil Hopley:  A psychiatrist and deputy medical director of the Roehampton Priory He has a passion for working with elite athletes and people in sport. He played rugby for London Wasps for a decade including 2 years as a semi-professional.

David Kenworthy: Chair of UK Anti-Doping and of the National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO). He is a former Chief Constable for North Yorkshire and served 35 years in law enforcement.

Dr Mike Loosemore: A Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University College London. He is Lead Physician (South of England) for the English Institute of Sport, where he treats elite athletes from a wide range of sports. He is currently a doctor for British Boxing, Fencing and Bobsleigh teams.

Nigel Mawer:  A retired Detective Chief Superintendent for the Metropolitan Police. He is now Chair of the Darts Regulatory Authority and Vice Chair of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, where he leads on all discipline and corruption issues.

Dr Ashwin Patel: Chief Medical Officer for both British Boxing Board of Control and Badminton England, Ashwin has been a ring side physician for boxing tournaments since 1985. He has previously worked at the Olympics, Wembley Stadium, the Oval and for London’s pro Basketball and American football teams.

Dr James Robson Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer and team doctor on the last six consecutive tours by the British and Irish Lions. He has been Scotland's team doctor for more than 150 Scottish test matches.

Dr William Stewart: Consultant and Lead Neuropathologist at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. He has a research interest and speciality in forensic neuropathology, in particular traumatic brain injury.

Jonathan Taylor: A partner at Bird & Bird LLP who advises national and international federations and anti-doping organisations on their anti-doping rules and regulations. He prosecutes anti-doping cases on behalf of the International Tennis Federation and UK Anti-Doping, amongst others.

Nigel Walker: A former athlete and international rugby union player. He competed at the Olympic Games and World Championships. He then went on to play for Cardiff Blues and for Wales in the 5 Nations tournament. He is currently National Director at the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Ed Warner: Non-Executive Chairman at UK Athletics. He is both a city businessman and a leading commentator on financial matters. He is a respected media commentator on business and lectures on the investment banking industry at Cranfield School of Management.

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Don't miss out on our early bird discounted rates, available until  2nd April.

Early Bird Rates (before 2nd April)

£325 + VAT – NGBs, Academic and Sport Resolutions Panel Members

£395 + VAT – Other individuals and organisations

Standard Rates (after 2nd April)

£375 + VAT – NGBs , Academic and Sport Resolutions Panel Members

£445 + VAT – Other individuals and organisations

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