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Women In Sport

30 June 2014

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On Monday 30 June join us for a free event in our bar where we will be discussing women's role in sport, asking… How much has been achieved since Beryl Burton and what still needs to be achieved for women in sport?

We will be joined by a panel of sporting experts including Olympic medal winning cyclist Emma Pooley and champion cyclist Denise Burton, daughter of Beryl Burton. Sitting alongside these extraordinary sports women is the BBC's Shelly Alexander, Dr. Carole Osborne from Leeds Metropolitan University and Natalie Justice from British Cycling.

This event runs alongside the free exhibition Women in Cycling: A journey of Inspiration that celebrates the achievements of women cyclists.

Denise Burton

Former elite British cyclist. Winner 1976 National Championships 1976 and second in Tour De l'Aude Cycliste Feminin 1985. World Championship 3000 meter pursuit bronze medal 1975.  Daughter of Beryl Burton

Emma Pooley 

English professional sportswoman; predominantly a cyclist specialising in time trials and hilly races. She won an Olympic silver medal in 2008. Professionally she rides for Lotto Belisol Ladies in 2014. Emma was the 2010 World Time Trial Champion and is a former British Road Race and Time Trial Champion. In addition, she competes in other endurance style events, particularly triathlon and marathon running, with the permission of her cycling team. She won the Lausanne marathon in 2013.

Shelley Alexander

Editorial Lead for Women in Sport at the BBC. She is also a member of the FA Inclusion Advisory Board and the Premier League/PFA Community Fund. She was previously programme editor for BBC1's Football Focus and sportsnews editor on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Dr Carole Osborne

Senior Lecturer on the Sport, Leisure and Culture programme, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University. She is the first woman Chair of the British Society of Sports History and is organising the forthcoming conference, Sporting Females: Past, Present, Future.

Natalie Justice

Currently Women's Network Project Manager at British Cycling responsible for getting more women into cycling.  Previously Recreation Manager at British Cycling and Football Development Manager at Birmingham County Football Association


These events are produced in association with British Cycling.



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