Can We Break Down Barriers In Sport?

London South Bank University (LSBU) Women’s Week: Can We Break Down Barriers In Sport?

Britain’s oldest female triathlete is among the panellists at an event marking International Women’s Day at London South Bank University (LSBU) tomorrow.

Eddie Brockelsby, 74, will be joined by guest speaker and Fullbright scholar Dr Leeja Carter at the ‘Never Settle’ event which will tackle access in sport.

Dr Carter, a feminist sports psychology expert, will give a lecture on how barriers in sport can affect all cultures, ages and people from different walks of life.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, where members will share their own experiences and talk about how barriers can be overcome.

Eddie Brockelsby took up running at the age of 50 after the death of her husband and at the age of 72, completed her first triathlon.

She is the founder of the charity Silverfit which aims to promote lifelong fitness.

Dr Leeja Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science (ATHES) and the Director of the Center for Performance Excellence in Applied Kinesiology (PEAK) at Long Island University in New York.

Eddie Brocklesby said: “The debate about the ageing and often inactive population in the UK continues and is part of breaking down those barriers in exercise.

“It’s great to be a part of this vital discussion –encouraging people not to give up but to keep participating in physical activities that appeal to them and contribute to their overall fitness.”

Dr. Carter said: “I’ve found that one of the things that benefits women is to share their stories about health and sport. It’s vital that we let women of diverse backgrounds share their stories.”

The event will be from 5.30-7.30pm on Wednesday March 7 at the Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, SE1 6LN.

5.30pm Arrival and registration
5.45pm Welcome and introduction
5.50pm ‘Never Settle’ – Lecture by Dr. Leeja Carter
6.20pm Panel discussion
7.05pm Networking and refreshments
7.30pm Close

LSBU is encouraging people to use the hashtag #neversettle to get the debate going. Tweet us at @LSBU.

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