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The Performance Wellbeing Group

As part of our commitment to Performance Wellbeing, in August 2017 the Performance Wellbeing Group (PWG) was formed bringing together key staff, athletes, and volunteers to put wellbeing on the agenda within our Talent and Performance programmes. The Group have helped to embed the concept of Performance Wellbeing within our programme activities, and continue working to ensure that wellbeing is prioritised within our policies and procedures. 

To understand how the group operates, download our Terms of Reference here.


Group Members

  • Performance Wellbeing Coach British Canoeing: Zofia Campbell 
  • Coaching Representative British Canoeing: Sid Sinfield (Performance Coach Developer)
  • Performance Lifestyle Representative: Emma Groome or Sabrina Heimler (Performance Lifestyle Advisors at the English Institute of Sport)

  • Performance Psychology Representative: Jonathan Smith 

  • BAC Representative - Fiona Semple (Athlete Support Manager)

  • Athlete Attendees - Emilia McAllister-Jepps (retired Sprint athlete and former Chair of the Athlete Rep Group), Rhys Davies (retired Slalom athlete and PhD student), Hope Gordon (ParaCanoe WCP athlete), and our current Athlete Rep Group

  • Two Independent Members - Dr Vanessa Impey, Julie Littlewood 

Meet our Independent Volunteer Members!

Dr Vanessa Impey is our independent Chair.

I'm a Consultant Paediatrician for the NHS, working in leadership roles in safeguarding, as well as in a clinical capacity with children who have been abused or are at risk. I enjoy kayaking at Richmond canoe club and have experience of elite sport in the family.

– Dr Vanessa Impey

Julie is our  independent volunteer member who is passionate about both performance and wellbeing.

I have been an active member of the canoeing community for over 35 years, and represented Great Britain in both Junior and several Senior World Wild Water Racing Championships. I met my husband, a former GB Junior Sprint athlete, at Nottingham Kayak Club. Both our children have been competitive kayakers, our son having recently represented GB at the Junior and U23 Sprint World and European Championships. I worked in Human Physiology research and teaching at the University of Nottingham for 27 years and am currently training to become a Personal Performance Coach.

– Julie Littlewood

Want to know more?

For more information about Performance Wellbeing, or to find out how to get in contact if you have a question or concern about wellbeing relating to our performance programmes, please visit Your Performance Wellbeing page.