Sport 2.0 - Leeds International Festival
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10 May
10:00 - 16:00

Sport 2.0


How much does technology affect sport? Find out, as we take a close look at the many ways it’s now making the difference between winning and losing for the world’s best athletes.

Tech isn’t just changing the game for athletes and their coaches by providing state-of-the-art digital monitoring to improve abilities, but also through the development of new and improved sports materials and designs that give them that much-sought-after edge.

As well as revealing the many ways sport has embraced the digital age to enhance top athletic performance, we’ll also see how it has been used to create innovations in media coverage. Such innovations have redefined the role of spectators in ways we could never have dreamt of even just five years ago.

The conference will include a number of high-profile speakers from the world of sport, sharing their experiences in how technology is leading in the race to create winners.

We hope you will join us as we look at how technology is changing sport forever.

Speaker topics

Tom Williams

Since October 2004, when parkrun was born thanks to a stopwatch, clipboard, paper, and pen, they have delivered almost 300,000 events. Fast forward to 2019, and a parkrunner’s barcode is their passport to arrive unannounced at any of 1,800 global locations, participate for free, and receive email recognition of that participation later the same morning. At Sport 2.0 Tom will be talking about the use of technology that has been critical to parkrun’s growth and continual innovation of their processes that has allowed them to support events around the world. Critical to their success is by focusing on using technology to maximise human interaction, and to avoid the common temptation to over technologise physical activity.

 

Dame Sarah Storey

Technology in Para Sport.

Sarah will be discussing technology used within Paralympic Sport which has seen a raft of technological advancements over the last few decades.  Technology has become more specialised: with the development of tailored technologies and equipment to individual athletes and uses.  We will get to hear about the technological innovations in prosthetics that we may see at the next Paralympics in Tokyo 2020?

 

Barry McNeill

Barry will be speaking on the journey the industry has been on over the last 15-20ys. Living within the Modernisation of Sport (2.0 if you like).

Personal experiences of leading companies leveraging tech, analytics and data into sport, and ultimately focused on optimal performance

Personal narratives of Rugby World Cup winners 2003, Christian Ronaldo, Leicester City EPL winners, and NRL state of origin  – all 4 talk of the adoption, and effective usage of tech – all 4 are distinct and show the iterations happening as generations transition.

Performance and technology, art and science, coaching and analytics – how do we maximise this marriage and get the best off both – exploiting objectively.

 

David Elleray

The tradition game catches up: Technology in Football

Is David’s talk that will go in to great depth on the past, current and future technology within Football and in particular referee innovations.

 

Amy Williams

Gaining the 1%

Amy competed, and was involved at the highest level of sport for ten years.  Her knowledge of training and competing at this level allows her to talk about her own experiences as well as giving an exclusive insight into the high performance levels that go into Skeleton Bobsleigh.

Only one year before Amy won Gold at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Team GB used technology within their training, in order to find the extra 1%.

 

Pete Andrews

New Camera Technology within sports coverage.

Given Pete’s career this talk will be give great insight in to the way technology has played a key part in broadcasting the last two two Winter Olympics and looking ahead to his future role of C4’s Formula 1 coverage

 

Sam Boatwright

Sam will be covering the technology used when taking on an “Epic Triathlon”

Heart rate monitors  that track performance and fitness levels.

Wattbike to monitor power and heart rate. This also incorporates V02 max.

Garmin watches and fitness trackers, tracking steps, calories and cardiovascular fitness

The use of virtual training rides using Zwift and how this helps his  mental strength.

Also the use of drones flying over him while sea swimming to check technique when he is fatiguing later in a swim.

Event partners

Standard Ticket - lunch & refreshments included

Friday 10 May 10:00 - 16:00
£20.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Concession Ticket - lunch & refreshments included

Friday 10 May 10:00 - 16:00
£15.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

Ticket includes lunch and refreshments. Event is 16+.

Speaker Schedule

10:00 – Intro from Greg Whyte

10:15 – David Elleray

10:45 – Barry McNeill

11:15 – Tom Williams

11:45 – Amy Williams

12:30 – Q&A with speakers

13:00 – Lunch

13:45 – Intro from Greg Whyte

14:00 – Sam Boatwright

14:30 – Pete Andrews

15:00 – Sarah Storey

15:45 – Q & A with speakers

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A physical activity expert and world-renowned sports scientist, Professor Greg Whyte OBE is an Olympian in modern pentathlon and a European and World Championship medallist. Well-known for his involvement   Relief, assisting various celebrities in challenge events, Greg recently supported Jo Brand on her ‘Hell of a Walk’ from Hull to Liverpool and Radio 1’s Greg James on his 5 triathlons in 5 cities in 5 days. As a result of his work, Greg has helped to raise over £35 million for charity.

Greg is an expert in the field of sports and exercise science. Graduating from Brunel University, he furthered his studies with an MSc in human performance in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London. Greg is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) on Harley Street in London. Greg’s former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association and Director of Science and Research for the English Institute of Sport.

Amy won her Olympic Gold medal at The Vancouver Games in 2010. She quickly entered the history books by becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a winter Olympics for 30 years, the first British Female since 1958 and the only British medallist of the Games.

Since 2010 Amy has become a household name on the television. She presented the Gadget Show for 3 years, was a BBC presenter at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and more recently was co-presenter at the Classic TT Event.

Amy gained her rally license after being approached by Tony Jardine to be his co-driver, where they successfully trained and qualified to compete in the 2013 Rally GB.

Barry is the CEO for EMEA and APAC at Catapult Sports. Catapult is a publically listed Sports Analytics company that engineers wearable and video-based technology for elite sports. Catapult exists to build and improve the performance of athletes and sporting teams.

Barry’s career has largely focused on establishing and building disruptive performance technology and leveraging the power of big data, analytics and the contextual understanding of sporting performance.

Barry has provided non-executive and advisory roles within the sporting arena, including national governing bodies in the UK and Australia. Barry is also a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors in the UK and Australia. and has an MSc in Applied Psychology, vocational qualifications in executive coaching and has several national football coaching qualifications.

I was first dubbed the Epic Runner back in 2012, when I ran 50 miles every day for 50 days. But the truth is that I’d been trying to outrun limitation and expectation, long before then. Leaving school with just a single GCSE, I’m now a full-time maths teacher. Ever since I changed the course of my own life, I’ve been driven to share the message – with my pupils and with anyone facing challenges, difficult times or their own self-doubt – that anything really is possible.

Barry is the CEO for EMEA and APAC at Catapult Sports. Catapult is a publically listed Sports Analytics company that engineers wearable and video-based technology for elite sports. Catapult exists to build and improve the performance of athletes and sporting teams.

Barry’s career has largely focused on establishing and building disruptive performance technology and leveraging the power of big data, analytics and the contextual understanding of sporting performance.

Barry has provided non-executive and advisory roles within the sporting arena, including national governing bodies in the UK and Australia. Barry is also a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors in the UK and Australia. and has an MSc in Applied Psychology, vocational qualifications in executive coaching and has several national football coaching qualifications.

Sarah is Great Britain’s most decorated Paralympic Athlete with 25 medals including 14 gold from two sports. At the recent Track World Championships she secured world titles and also broke the 76th world record of her 27 year international career. Sarah runs her own cycling team alongside her husband, Barney, a former world  champion in tandem events.

Pete is a Royal Television Society award winner and has more than 20 years’ experience of working in sports production covering top sporting events. He lead son all of Channel 4’s sports coverage which includes the 2020 Summer Paralympics from Tokyo and its 2019 Formula 1 coverage.

Pete has worked on six Olympic Games and nine international football tournaments. As well as having worked extensively for the BBC on its Olympics and football coverage, Peter has directed broadcasts of four Wimbledon finals. He was the BBC’s lead producer of its FA Cup coverage from 2014 to 2018 and he was the lead  director of its Winter Olympics broadcast from Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018

Tom is the Chief Operating Officer of parkrun Global, a UK-based charity enabling communities around the World to deliver free, weekly, timed, 5k and 2k events, where people can walk, run, or volunteer. In 2007, when working as a lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Leeds, Tom helped start Woodhouse Moor parkrun, at that time the 4th parkrun event and the 1st outside London. In 2010 he left the University to work full-time for parkrun and now leads on all aspects of operations, across 1,700 weekly events in 20 countries, engaging over one-million participants per month.