Baroness Campbell will recall journey to London 2012 in Conference keynoteSubscribe
Grace Cullen 01 November 2012
UK Sport Chair Baroness Sue Campbell has today (1 Nov) been announced as the first keynote speaker for the 2012 World Class Performance Conference.
Having been at the forefront of British high performance sport for almost a decade as Chair of UK Sport, Baroness Campbell will address delegates on the opening night of the 12th annual Conference.
This year the three-day event will be held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds from 26-28 November and will be the first opportunity for those working with world class athletes in the UK to collectively reflect on and celebrate the experiences of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Baroness Campbell will provide a personal reflection on her nine years as Chair of UK Sport, recalling the political and funding challenges encountered throughout her career to date and tracking how this journey has led to the development of a world leading high performance system.
She said: “It is always an honour to speak at the World Class Performance Conference, where some of the brightest minds in elite sport unite each year.
“This year will be no exception, and with the glorious summer of sport to reflect upon, I will be looking back at the years preceding London 2012, what led us to this point and the lessons we learned along the way.
“The momentous decision taken by the Government to maintain funding for the next Olympic and Paralympic cycle means we can now look to the future with some confidence, and I will use the Conference as an opportunity to share my hopes for Rio and beyond.”
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE was initially appointed as Reform Chair of UK Sport in September 2003 for an 18-month term, succeeding Sir Rodney Walker. A former England netball international, lecturer at the University of Loughborough and Chief Executive of the National Coaching Foundation, Sue is also Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. She received an MBE in 1991 and a CBE in 2003 and was appointed to the House of Lords to serve as a Crossbench Peer in 2008.