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The Sports Panel

14 May 2019 at 7:30 pm

$5 – $10

Premiership referee, Anthony Taylor, Olympic bronze medalist and Team GB cyclist, Katy Marchant, record-breaking fell runner, Nicky Spinks, Bollington-born Manager of Liverpool FC Women, Vicky Jepson ..and more.  Join this panel of current and former professional sports people to get a unique insight into their training, lifestyle, highs and lows, and ask YOUR questions. 

Anthony Taylor – Premiership referee
Anthony Taylor’s CV is an impressive one.  He reffed the Capital One Capital Cup Final in 2015, the FA Community Shield in the same year, the FA Cup Final in 2017 and last year the EFL Championship play off final between Aston Villa and Fulham.  He’s also been assistant ref in the EURO 2016 Championships and Final.
So what’s it like dealing with the intense pressure of refereeing such high profile games? When abuse and criticism can be flying from all directions, how do referees keep their cool and continue to make such crucial, split-second judgements?  Anthony Taylor, like any Premiership referee, has had his fair share of controversial decisions, but the Timperley-born former Prison Officer has had a hugely successful career to date.  He has nerves of steel and plenty of stories to tell.  Anthony Taylor will give you a unique insight into the fascinating world of a Premiership referee.

NICKY SPINKS – Record-breaking fell and endurance runner
Find out from one of the legends of endurance running just how it’s done.  Nicky Spinks has set world records and won some of the most gruelling ultra-marathons in Europe.
One of her most recent achievements was to become the first runner to complete a Double Ramsay Round – running 116 miles and summitting 48 peaks in the Scottish mountains in a time of 55 hours and 56 minutes.
A breast cancer survivor, Spinks continues to break records in her 50s and all while continuing her career as a West Yorkshire farmer.
She’ll give you a unique insight into how it all started, what her training schedule involves and what new challenges lay ahead.

KATY MARCHANT – Former GB heptathlete. Current GB track cyclist. Bronze Medallist Rio 2016

What is it like to switch discipline’s after competing for years? 

That’s what Team GB cyclist, Katy Marchant, did in 2013. Before that Katy was a Heptathlete in Track and Field but her coach recommended she try cycling..and the rest is history.

Katy’s move to cycling was an instant success and since then she’s won Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals.Hear how she made that transition, what her gruelling training schedule involves and get tips on recognising your strengths and taking up a new sport.  It’s never too late!

KELLY MASSEY – British track and field athlete who specialises in the 400m metres and Rio 2016 Olympic 4×400 medallist 

Hear firsthand what it’s like to compete and win a medal at the Olympics.  As well as forming part of GB’s bronze medal-winning 4x400m relay squad in Rio, Kelly Massey has also claimed two Commonwealth and three European relay medals – two outdoor and one indoor. She won gold at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.

The Sale Harriers sprinter announced last year that she was retiring (at the grand old age of 33!) and has since become a British Athlete mentor and lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

JOSH BRYCELAND – Professional Mountain Biker

Poynton ‘Ratboy’, Josh Bryceland, is a big name in the world of mountain biking, with Junior World Cup and World Championship wins. A naturally gifted rider known for his individuality, laid back approach and infectious grin, he entered his first race aged just 10.  What does he love so much about downhill mountain biking, how does he hold his nerve when hurtling down slopes at speeds in excess of 40 MPH, and what are his top tips for anyone already in love with the sport or those who’d like to give it a go?
(Feel free to also ask him about living on his canal boat in Poynton!)

TOM MORTON – 1st Team Captain, Macclesfield RUFC 
Tom Morton played rugby from an early age and was offered a full time professional contract at Sale Sharks straight after college.
He’s represented England in both the Under 18s and Under 20s six nations but a string of injuries meant frustrating time out of the game and into the gym. Tom worked his way back and ended up playing over in New Zealand for a time before returning home and joining Macclesfield, where he’s now taken up the role of club Captain.

VICKY JEPSON – Manager of Liverpool FC Women

Bollington-born, Vicky Jepson landed the job as Liverpool Women’s new manager in October last year.  Vicky has been with the club since 2009 and worked her way up the ranks. She started off working with the under-11s and is now managing some of those same girls as they train with the first team squad. With record attendances, multimillion-pound sponsorship deals and global brand announcements, it’s a huge year for women’s football.  So what does it take to be a professional player how does Vicky feel about the future of the game?

SIMON BARKER – Assistant Chief Executive at the Professional Footballers Association

Bollington resident, Simon Barker joined the PFA after an extensive career as a professional player, appearing over 213 times and scoring on 41 occasions for Blackburn Rovers. The combative midfielder then moved down South enjoying a ten year spell at QPR.

Simon will give us a unique insight into his long career as a player as well as the workings of the PFA – the world’s oldest professional sports union – and it’s work areas such as educating and training former players, anti-racism and mental health.

Caroline hosts some of the world’s biggest sports shows, from Sportshour and Sportsworld on the BBC World Service, to 5 live Sport in the UK.
A familiar voice of sport across the BBC, Caroline’s knowledge and warm presenting style can also be seen, on TV with ‘Fanzone’ for Premier League Productions and Sky Netball. She is the founder and host of the long-running Non League Football Show.

Kindly sponsored by Bollington Health & Leisure


14 May 2019
7:30 pm
$5 – $10
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