Erkka Westerlund, Head Coach of the KHL Ice Hockey Team Jokerit, Helsinki, former Head Coach of the Finnish Mens Ice Hockey National Team for four seasons.

Erkka Westerlund has coached from a very early age and has now over 40 years of experience in coaching. His own development story as a coach is worth hearing.  He has found new meaning and joy in coaching for himself with the athlete-centered coaching approach.  His key questions are: Are we coaching the sport or the athletes? How to activate the mental resources of athletes in a game as well as during training?

He is one of the leading experts in coaching in Finland, as well as having been a key-member in the Finnish Elite Sport Development Program.  Erkka worked as the principal of the Vierumäki Sport Institute and in several key-positions in Finnish Sports. His records are: Olympic bronze and silver, and two times silver and one bronze at the World Championships.


Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust; former Chair of UK Sport

Sue Campbell was the driving force behind the success of Team GB during the London 2012 Olympics.

Sue was educated as a PE teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough universities. She was the Chair of UK Sport until early 2013. When she began her post as reform Chair of UK Sport in 2003 her aim was to create a world-class culture and environment, a performance system that would be among the best in the world, a system that was athlete centered giving Olympic and Paralympic athletes the opportunity to compete for a medal position.  She is also Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity, which is working to support high quality physical education, competitive school sport and physical activity for all young people.


Dr Wade Gilbert, Professor - Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fresno

Wade Gilbert holds degrees in Physical Education, Human Kinetics, and Education from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Upon completion of his Ph.D. he was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship in the International Center for Talent Development at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Gilbert's areas of expertise include coaching science, talent development, sport and exercise psychology, physical education, and youth sport. He has co-authored over 100 coaching and sport science publications and is regularly invited to serve as a featured speaker at coaching and sport science events around the world.

Wade co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching and has served on numerous editorial boards for leading sport science journals. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Sports Coaching Journal. The focus of his current work is on helping these types of partners learn how to apply principles of talent development and performance excellence to their sport programming and coach education.


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