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ukactive National Summit to bring Olympic gold medallist to QEII

London 2012 gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has been announced as one of three new speakers who will take part in ukactive’s National Summit on Thursday 31 October.

The heptathlete and founder of Jennis Fitness will be joined at the QEII Centre by Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth and business expert Kate Hardcastle MBE, to address more than 600 decision makers and influencers from across public health, sport, leisure, construction and infrastructure.

Held at the QEII Centre for the past three years, the 2019 National Summit is set to address how physical activity impacts and is impacted by how we live, where we live and how we work.

Delegates will make connections inside and outside the sector, as well as learning about the importance of promoting a happier, healthier and productive nation through physical activity.

Heptathlon gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill will discuss her incredible career story on stage with Professor Greg Whyte, and the many ways physical activity has changed her life as she’s gone from pro athlete to mother, commentator for BBC Sport and creator of fitness brand, Jennis. She also talks about how she’s using this extensive experience to have a positive impact on different audiences, from expectant and new mums to time-poor fitness lovers.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill said: “I am delighted to be involved with the ukactive National Summit and sharing my story in conversation with Professor Greg Whyte. 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.”

The event will also see a special strand delivered by Sport England exploring the impact of ‘place’ on physical activity, with CEO Tim Hollingsworth delivering a keynote which will include an insight into the approach Sport England will take to develop its next strategy. Kate Hardcastle MBE, a business expert and media commentator on consumer insights, will deliver a keynote on how the physical activity sector can better reach consumers on our high streets and support its regeneration.

ukactive CEO Huw Edwards said: “For the third year running we have chosen to work with the QEII Centre as the host for the ukactive National Summit, which is the biggest policy event for the physical activity sector. The team at the QEII Centre shows real dedication to our event – from sales to delivery – making us feel incredibly valued.

“The location is perfect for our delegates and speakers from across the country, and the team is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure our event is a success. We are looking forward to returning to the QEII Centre on 31st October for our most important National Summit yet.”

For more information, visit www.qeiicentre.london.

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