Meet the SPC Pre-Congress Speakers!

A writer, sailor and adventurer. She learned to sail as a child with her dad, a skill which changed her life (again!) following an accident in which she lost her left leg. She returned to the water and qualified for the British Sailing Team. It was while competing in Miami Florida that she met (and sailed against) her husband John, a Canadian Paralympian. Fast forward a few years and Jackie & John got married, Jackie moved to Canada and the pair decided that they would campaign together for the Rio Paralympics against the advice of almost everyone. The rest is written in history, apart from a small hiccup which is the subject of this presentation!

When not sailing Jackie works as an Activity and Rehabilitation Coordinator for people with severe mental health issues. She is a qualified nature meditation teacher, writer and aspiring poet who returns directly to nature every day for grounding and inspiration.

A Physiotherapist at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (Poole, England) and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (Portsmouth, England). He undertook his PhD (centered on sports concussion and Facebook) at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has published widely on the topic of concussion in sport. He is employed by the Football Association to work with their elite disability football squads and has been a member of the Team GB medical staff at the 2008 Beijing and 2016 Paralympic Games. He is a member of the International Blind Sport Association Medical Committee and is the Medical and Sports Science Director at the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football. He is an Associate Editor at the British Journal of Sports Medicine and BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine and sits on the institutional ethics committee of World Rugby as an external member.