Baroness Grey-Thompson to set out challenge to sport and Government

A call will be made to keep up the focus on athlete care at a major conference in Cardiff on Wednesday (14th November).

As part of the Sports Ethics and Integrity Conference 2018, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will deliver a keynote speech about how the landscape has changed since the launch of her Duty of Care in Sport Review in April 2017. 

Her address will set out how the key areas in which sporting bodies and government departments across the UK have made progress in the time following her report.

The year-long duty of care review, commissioned by the UK government, called for improvements in athlete welfare.

As well as Baroness Grey-Thompson, a number of internationally-renowned speakers will come together at the Principality Stadium to discuss athletes' rights and the duty of care.


Athletes and coaches will also take centre stage, including former Wales international footballer David Cotterill and UK coach of the year and former sprinter Christian Malcolm.

Mike Mcnamee, Professor of Applied Ethics at Swansea University commented:

"Scarcely a week goes by without another story on ethics and integrity in the world of sport. 

Yet in recent years, the UK has been the focus of some of these stories, whether it is about cultures of bullying, excessive 'win at all costs' ethos, or a lack of recognition for athlete voices. 

"For those reasons it's important we join forces in partnership to highlight these challenges and all the issues around them."

And Head of Elite Sport at Sport Wales, Brian Davies says the mix of contributors will fuel the debate:

 "We're incredibly fortunate to have Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson come back to Cardiff and give her thoughts on her report, where progress has been made and where it needs to improve, as well as hear from a number of experts with their own expertise on these key talking points.

"It'll be a conference looking at a philosophical view, a practical view as well as a legal view. This is all incredibly important."

Professor Nicola Phillips, of Cardiff University and Team Wales Chef de Mission at Gold Coast 2018, will deliver a keynote speech about the responsibilities to athletes. Also appearing at the conference will be Nicole Sapstead of UK Anti-Doping, John Donnelly of UK Sport and Dr David McArdle of Stirling University.  The conference will be opened by the Welsh Government's Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

Tickets for the conference are available to purchase: