Understanding the high-performance environment from an athlete and sport perspective
SRUK and the BAC jointly present “Understanding the high-performance environment from an athlete and sport perspective", to be held on Thursday 7th February at the SRUK office, 1 Salisbury Square, London.
The elite sport environment seeks to drive and deliver world class success on a global stage. Athletes and performance staff work tirelessly in pursuit of excellence and achieving personal bests. At key points in an Olympic and Paralympic cycle performance decisions need to be made around team selection for major championships including the Olympic and Paralympic Games; decisions will also be made around whether an athlete will continue on the sports performance programme and retain the subsequent funding given to them.
We have also seen over the past couple of years athletes speaking out about the environment and culture within their sport; raising concerns and allegations of a bullying nature, together with expressing serious concerns over their mental health and wellbeing.
The seminar will deliver a variety of perspectives from across the sporting system. The first session will include a keynote from Victoria Aggar, Executive Chair of the British Athletes Commission (BAC) followed by an athlete experience and perspective. The second session will have an NGB, the BPA and an experienced barrister discussing their challenges and expectations in this area.
The expectation at the end of this seminar is that those supporting or contracted to work in elite sport in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 and beyond, will have a greater context and balanced overview of how the system operates and the expectations from all parties.
Provisional Seminar Programme:
13.15-13.45 The role of the BAC - Vicky Aggar, Chief Executive Officer, British Athlete Commission
13.45-14.15 Athlete perspective - Samantha Murray, Retired Pentathlete
14.30-15.00 NGB perspective - Sara Symington, Performance Director, England Netball
15.00-15.30 NPC perspective - Phil Smith, Deputy Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, British Paralympic Association
15.30-16:00 Barrister Perspective - Peter Crowther, Solicitor, Winston & Strawn LLP
Attendees will have the opportunity to directly question the speakers at the end of their delivery.