The winning edge: how elite athletes get to the top of the podium

Run time: 16:30 – 17:30

Professional athletes are able to use the very best science and technology in their training, nutrition and preparation for getting the top results. Or at least, the men are. Research into women’s health and performance is lagging year’s behind that of the men. But things are slowly starting to change. Join some of the UK’s top women athletes to explore how they’ve got to the top and the challenges they’ve overcome.

 Kelly Sotherton is a Three-time Olympic Heptathlon medallist and Commonwealth Games champion. One of the most successful team leaders for Team England Athletics team at Birmingham 2022 securing 34 Medals. Kelly’s current role is as the Talent Coach Development lead at Sport England, supporting coaching and athlete support personnel in the sporting Talent Pathway system.
Diane Modahl MBE is an Olympian & Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Diane is one of Britain’s most successful middle-distance athletes having represented Britain at four Olympic Games, and winning gold, silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games. She is the former British and Commonwealth Record Holder.

In 2018 Diane was awarded an MBE for her Services to Sport and Young People in the North West of England. Among her many activities she has also written her autobiography, ‘The Diane Modahl Story: Going the Distance’; appeared in the Celebrity TV Series ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’; and she is a regular broadcaster on BBC TV & Radio. 

Dame Katherine Grainger became UK Sport Chair in 2017. Katherine commenced the role just days after she was awarded rowing’s most prestigious prize, the Thomas Keller Medal, for an Outstanding Career in Rowing.

Katherine is one of Britain’s most successful female Olympic athletes and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Olympic Games, including a memorable gold medal at London 2012 and silver in the Rio Olympic Games. 

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Ali Donnelly is the CEO at More than Equal, an organisation dedicated to finding the first female Formula 1 world champion. More than Equal was founded two years ago by Karel Komarek and former F1 driver David Coulthard, and it aims to be a disrupter in a sport which has failed to have a female driver racing in its pinnacle series for almost 50 years. Ali has wide experience in sport, communications and marketing, with former roles at Sport England, HM Treasury, Downing Street – where she was the deputy official spokesperson under Theresa May and Boris Johnson – the BBC and in rugby. She is also heavily involved in women's rugby, including founding the award-winning website Scrumqueens.com and she has recently published the first book exploring the 100 year+ history of the game.

11 September 2024 - 16:30
West Building Auditorium, UEL Docklands Campus