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Brussels, 17 November 2019 – ISF President Mr Laurent Petrynka will be speaking at the upcoming New Leaders Forum. He will present the She Runs Active Girls’ Lead project – a groundbreaking event promoting girls' health, gender equality and leadership, supported by the European Commission and its Erasmus+ Sport programme.
New Leaders Forum is a joint effort of the International Olympic Committee, the European Olympic Committees and the Finnish Olympic Committee. The event will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 18-20 November 2019.
The Forum will begin with the opening words from the President of the International Olympic Committee Mr Thomas Bach and the President of the Finnish Olympic Committee Mr Timo Ritakallio.
ISF President will participate in a panel discussion “Power of Networks” with Ms Marisol Casado, IOC member and ITF President, Mr Niels Nygaard, EOC Vice-President and Mr Karl-Erik Nilsson, UEFA Vice-President, on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 11:15.
The inaugural She Runs - Active Girls' Lead, the first international school event to promote girls' health, gender equality and leadership through school sport, took place in Paris, France, from March 12-15, welcoming 500 young women from 33 countries. The event was supported by the European Commission and its Erasmus+ Sport programme.
She Runs Active Girls' Lead was supported by several influential sport figures. Ambassadors included: Sebastian Coe, two-time Olympic champion in athletics and the president of IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), Paula Radcliffe, World record holder and fastest women's marathoner in history, 3-time London and New York marathon winner, Birgitta Kervinen, winner of IOC 2017 Women and Sport World Awards, Talk speaker (FIN), Estelle Mossely, Olympic Champion in Boxing (FRA), Laurence Fischer, Ambassador for Sport at Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in France, Talk speaker (FRA), Valentina Marchei, Olympian in Ice Skating, Talk speaker (ITA). Nadine Kessler, UEFA's head of women's football (GER), Lisa Zimouche, Street Football Champion, Natasha Hasting, US Olympian in athletics (relay) and Marta Pagnini, Olympic bronze medallist in Rhythmic Gymnastics (ITA).
The project concluded with an Active Girls’ Lead conference, entitled "Toward improving young women's health and leadership through sport and education" and organised within the framework of ther European Week of Sport, in Brussels, on 27 September 2019.
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