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02 Oct 2019
Jessica Ennis-Hill to speak at ukactive Summit

Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill will add a bit of stardust to this year's ukactive Summit.

Ennis-Hill will attend the Summit and take part in conversation on stage, offering delegates insight into her career story and charting the way physical activity changed her life – taking her from elite athlete to a creator of her own fitness brand, Jennis.

She is one of three additions to the lineup of speakers at the event, which will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre at Westminster on 31 October.

The other two new speakers are Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth and consumer specialist Kate Hardcastle.

Hollingsworth's keynote will anchor a special strand at the event, exploring the impact of ‘place’ on physical activity. His speech will include an insight into the approach Sport England will take to develop its next strategy.

Retail expert Kate Hardcastle, meanwhile, will deliver a session on how the physical activity sector can better reach consumers on our high streets and support its regeneration.

Commenting on her involvement, Ennis-Hill said: "I look forward to sharing my experience with delegates. I’ll be discussing my career, including my achievements and the challenges of getting back into elite competition post-childbirth.

“Since retiring from competing, I am now looking to inspire expectant and new mums to continue their fitness journeys, and I’m looking forward to sharing my personal story at the Summit in October."

Other keynote speakers to have earlier been confirmed for the summit include former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell and professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The keynotes will be at the heart of the summit's agenda, which will this year explore the future of public health, the workplace and the high street.

The theme for the event is "The Backbone of a Modern Britain", positioning physical activity – and the sectors that deliver it – as critical to the future health, wellbeing and prosperity of the nation.

For more information on the ukactive Summit, click here.


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14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
Three health and fitness industry professionals at the beginning of their careers have shared the spoils of a £75,000 achievement award created by Future Fit Training.
10 Oct 2019
Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
04 Oct 2019
New Host Commissions set to play a key role in the awarding of Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed the makeup of its two Future Host Commissions, which are set to play a pivotal role in the awarding of future Olympic Games.
03 Oct 2019
Netball World Cup inspires the nation – provides participation boost for sport
This year's Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool in July, is already providing a legacy by growing the sport's participation numbers in England. A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of England Netball shows that 160,000 adult women who followed the tournament have been inspired to start playing netball.
27 Sep 2019
MET Studio creates immersive, multi-sensual history of Singapore
Experiential designers MET Studio have worked with the Singapore Bicentennial Office to create “an immersive experience charting the area’s occupation through to modern day Singapore.”
23 Sep 2019
More than 2,000 attend the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo
A crowd of over 2,200 spa community members came together 11-13 September for the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which took place at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, US.
23 Sep 2019
Marcel Wanders bemoans the 'stupid dogmas' of modernism
Marcel Wanders has restated his distaste for modernism, arguing there are elements of the “still prevalent” philosophy that are actively unhelpful.
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