Grainger to address EIS Conference

Olympic Gold medallist and Girls4Gold ambassador Katherine Grainger CBE will be among the keynote speakers at today’s English Institute of Sport (EIS) national conference, which this year takes the theme of ‘Teamship’.

Grainger, Great Britain’s most successful female rower, ended eight years of Olympic heartbreak by winning gold alongside Anna Watkins in the double sculls at London 2012 and has since completed a PhD in homicide at Kings College London and released an autobiography entitled ‘Dreams Do Come True’.

A winner of eight world championship and three Olympic medals Grainger, who has benefitted from EIS support to GB Rowing, will address 300 delegates at the two day conference, which will also include keynotes from former Regimental Medical Officer Richard Villar and NASA Senior Biomechanist John De Witt.

Explaining this year’s theme of ‘Teamship’, EIS National Director Nigel Walker said: “Having embraced the changes that have taken place across the system, within the national governing bodies (NGBs) and the EIS in particular, now is the time for us to come together and explore some of the fundamental elements that contribute to a successful performance culture and what is required to generate effective team leadership.

“We will be looking at the critical relationship between team culture and performance, using examples from within and outside sport. We will also be looking at the role of each of us as leaders and how we can maximise the contribution of those around us so that collectively we can create an even stronger more sustainable system.”

In addition to the keynotes, the conference will also include team meetings, poster presentations and forum sessions led by a range of internal and external presenters including Michelin starred chef Alan Murchison.

To read updates from the conference you can follow @eis2win on Twitter, or search for the hashtag #Teashop

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by James Skitt – 10.12.13