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Claire Bennett

Position: Leadership and Transition Expert

Organisation: N/A - for the time-being!

Country: UK

Claire was a member of the Great Britain women’s foil fencing team and part of the World Class Performance Programme. She has represented Great Britain in European and World Championships since the age of 14. As captain of England Claire won individual Bronze and Team Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Fencing Games. Whilst studying for her modern languages degree at Durham University she was British Universities Champion.

Claire was the Senior Athlete Manager at the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and supported their team of elite athletes in their lives beyond sport. Claire is an observer Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust and is involved with several organisations directed at women. She is dedicated to progressing women in sport and inspiring women to achieve their potential.

In her spare time she has written for the London Evening Standard as a columnist and for the Daily Telegraph in their Olympics section. Claire also commentates for Eurosport as their fencing expert.

“I was part of the inaugural WSLA in June 2014, an incredible opportunity that supported me to develop my leadership values such as coaching, challenging conversations, prioritising, delegating, dealing with conflict and building relationships. This course had a huge positive impact on my professional career, I was promoted to the Senior Athlete Manager and in September 2016, I successfully launched and developed an internal Women’s Leadership programme to support staff with their development and progression into leadership roles.

I am also a qualified Personal Performance Coach. I have supported clients, often working in highly demanding environments with self-leadership and empowerment to build on their skills and improve performance in a balanced way.

My passion lies in supporting women to achieve their potential in sport as well as in their lives beyond sport. I consider myself a good listener and I am empathetic towards others. My leadership style is caring and supportive and I am looking forward to meeting the new Team at WSLA 2018 – bring it on!”