Anna Kessel – Sports Journalist
Anna Kessel is a sports writer for the Guardian and Observer. She has covered three Olympic Games, as well as several World Cups, Euros and World Championships, and interviewed some of the biggest stars in global sport. At the 2012 Olympic Games Anna was chief athletics correspondent for the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Anna is also an experienced ghostwriter, working with a number of high profile sports stars, including an award-winning football column.
Anna is co-founder and chair of the Women in Football (WiF) network championing female role models in football – from Karren Brady to Heather Rabbatts – and lobbying against sexism in the game. The network reaches out to over 1,000 women working across every aspect of the industry, from match officials to chief executives.
The daughter of a South African Jewish dad and a Moravian mum, Anna grew up in a council flat in Camden, North London, and studied English literature at Cambridge. Anna is mother to two children.
Katie Richards, Performance and Coaching Scientist
Katie Richards is a Chartered Scientist, BASES Sport & Exercise Scientist, Senior Lecturer Sport Psychology at St Mary’s University and is completing her PhD in the skill acquisition strategies utilised by high-performance coaches, and their psychological impacts.
She has worked in a range of sports including gymnastics, mixed martial arts, pistol shooting, synchronised swimming, golf & Paralympic sitting volleyball. She is most active within the discipline of women’s artistic gymnastics and was National Squad Coach in Aerobic Gymnastics 2007-2010. Currently she concentrates the majority of her time towards developing young performers (5-10 years) towards the elite performance pathway.
Sharon Fuller, Editor
Sharon Fuller has worked as a production executive on multiple BBC sports shows, covering the Olympics, MotoGP and Formula One. Her greatest achievement is championing the broadcasting of women’s cycling. She headed Get Inspired, the BBC Sport campaign to make Britons more active. She also created The Cycle Show, on ITV, which made the subject accessible to all.