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Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey has recently been revealed as the latest addition to the speaker line up for the ukactive National Summit 2016, joining Simon Stevens chief executive of Sport England, Nicola Blackwood Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation in the Department of Health and Jennie Price chief executive of Sport England.

So quite an exciting line up…and I am thrilled to be attending primarily to report on proceedings and to give my two pence worth of opinions through the day, and also to network my backside off to help move the Too Fat to Run movement forward in 2017…we have solutions here guys, we just don’t have the cashflow to act upon them sadly.

Taking place at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre next Wednesday (9th November) the event is described in its publicity as follows

This year’s Summit has been co-ordinated by ukactive alongside headline event partners milon and GymPass. The event combines networking and highly-topical breakout sessions with an impressive collection of keynotes from the likes of NHS England CEO Simon Stevens and Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood.

The first-rate line-up has now been given a further boost with the confirmation that Dame Sarah Storey will take to the stage for a Q&A session with her friend and fellow Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. (Who is a massive fan of The Fat Girls Guide to Running by the way!!!)

sarahstorey0909Dame Sarah Storey is arguably the most versatile British athlete in the history of the Paralympics. She broke new ground at the Rio 2016 Paralympics as she took her career tally to 14 gold medals, surpassing Baroness Grey-Thompson to become Britain’s most-decorated Paralympian in the modern era. A renowned speaker, Sarah has also travelled the world as an ambassador for disabled sport said in a recent press release…

After a golden summer of sport in Rio we have fantastic opportunities to inspire more people to be active and it’s vital that we seize this chance to get more people moving.

There are many sections of society who require tailored support to engage in physical activity, particularly disabled people and Tanni and myself will no doubt explore what more needs to be done to ensure that inclusivity remains high on the agenda.

Supported by event partners GymPass, milon, Alliance Leisure, Future Fit Training, Intelligent Health, Matrix Fitness, MYZONE, P81, Sainsbury’s Active Kids and YMCA Awards (Phew thats some list, do you reckon any of these brands would like to sponsor us too?), the central theme for this year’s Summit will be Physical Activity: Always Moving Forward. The event will explore how the sector can support the NHS to deliver its ambitions for a healthy, active nation and ensure physical activity is at the heart of the preventative health agenda.

I have a few ideas on this myself!!!

The Summit will gather more than 500 thought leaders (thats 499 plus ME!!) on public health and physical activity, offering invaluable networking opportunities and the chance to gain unique insights into the wider issues facing the sector.

shutterstock_230502118I attended the Summit in 2015 and wrote this provocative blog post about it called “Are we really that LAZY???y (seriously you need to read this), which having read back through just now leaves me feeling a bit sad and maybe even a little bit angry, that not much has changed in terms of my work being taken seriously by the powers that be as very few people in any kind of official capacity have really engaged with me around what we are quietly doing over here unfunded with overweight and inactive women around the UK.

However I am still open to have these conversations guys….you never know, I might be able to help!!!!

Anyway this years event will also serve as the launchpad for ukactive’s latest report, Blueprint for an Active Britain: Milestone Review building on the foundations laid by last year’s Blueprint for an Active Britain report, assessing the key areas of progress to date.

I am sure to be live tweeting from the event as things unfold, and will of course write up the whole experience in the days that follow. If you are attending the event and want to find out more about how Too Fat to Run is engaging hard to reach women and supporting them to start and then sustain an active lifestyle then please do come find me….I will be the one doing squats in the corner during the breaks…as sadly I will be missing CrossFit to attend.

The full National Summit 2016 agenda is now available on the ukactive website here. Tickets for the event are selling out fast, but the remaining allocation can be purchased by clicking here.

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