Entrepreneur and peace campaigner complete line up for World Class Performance ConferenceSubscribe
Grace Cullen 21 November 2012
The co-founder of the award winning Eden Project and the man behind Falling Whistles, a campaign for peace in Congo, will be joining UK Sport’s World Class Performance Conference (WCPC) set to take place in Leeds next week.
Sir Tim Smit, CEO and co-founder of Eden Project which has welcomed over 13 million guests since 2000 and contributed over £1 billion into the Cornish economy, will present at UK Sport’s 12th annual Conference through the lens of ‘relationships’ sharing his views on what contributes to a highly successful organisation such as Eden.
This year’s Conference, held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds from 26-28 November, will reunite the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic high performance coaches and support staff to celebrate the remarkable achievements of 2012, while drawing on the experiences gained and lessons learned in order to look ahead to the future.
Smit said: “In all the many places I have been, I have found that one thing above all else separates special people from the crowd. It is not competitive success or wealth, or indeed physical beauty or prowess. It is a bearing, a glint in the eye, a vein that is like the words ‘Brighton through a stick of rock’ and what it is, is an attitude that says ‘I am not for sale; these are the true charismatic leaders and I look forward to speaking to many such wonderful people at UK Sport’s World Class Performance Conference.”
Falling Whistles came as a result of Carasso’s trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo in late 2007, when he heard of children too small to carry a gun, who were sent to the front lines of war armed with only a whistle. The Falling Whistles campaign was born with a simple response – make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace.
Carasso said: “I cannot wait to get to the UK and spend a few days with some of the most extraordinary sports people in the world. Muhammad Ali said that “Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision." We work to bring that same level of dedication and vision to our work for peace in Congo. My hope is we can inspire one another to go to new heights.”
Since its inception in 2001, the World Class Performance Conference has become the key event in the diaries of coaches, performance directors and sports science and medicine practitioners, as the one opportunity every year for the entire Olympic and Paralympic high performance community to come together to network, debate and share best practice. The aim is to equip these individuals with the skills and knowledge to make sustainable improvements to their sport’s World Class Performance Programme.