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Friday 30th September 2016, 09:00 - 15:00 GMT

Achieving Peak Performance

Rugby School, UK
Join an all-star panel of international sports speakers for a unique experience at one of the most famous schools in the world. Available to all students aged twelve to eighteen.
Speakers comprising of olympians, professionals, ex-professional and international performers give their views on the techniques that they have used to achieve peak performance.
Tickets: £60pp
Packed Lunch Required
Parking Available


09:00 - 9:30 Arrivals
09:30 - 10:10 Speaker: Crista Cullen GB Hockey
10:20 - 11:00 Speaker: Darren Cheesman GB Hockey
11:10 - 11:50 Speaker: Gail Emms England and GB Badminton
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:20 - 14:00 Speaker: Mark Hunter GB Olympic Rower
14:10 - 15:00 Full Panel Discussion plus special guest: Varun Chopra Q&A

Speakers and timings subject to change where necessary.


GB Olympic Rower

Mark Hunter

Mark’s rowing career started at the age of 14 at the Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club. In 2008 he was appointed captain of the prestigious Leander Club, and he and his rowing partner, Zac Purchase, were the only unbeaten crew in world rowing, sealing their status by winning GB's first ever lightweight medal and Olympic gold in the Beijing Olympics. They continued to be an unstoppable force in the world of rowing, winning gold in the 2010 and 2011 World Championships, and silver medals at London 2012. We are delighted to have Mark speak for us at PRC Elite's conferences this year.

Warwickshire and England Cricket

Varun Chopra

Varun Chopra is Warwickshire's opening batsman, and has captained both the Bears and the England U19 side in a career spanning 10 years in professional cricket. Varun made his debut for Essex in 2006 – the latest to come off an impressive conveyor belt of young batsmen at Essex, which included England Test captain Alastair Cook.He impressed as captain of England Under-19s, whom he led to a comprehensive series whitewash of Sri Lanka in 2005, and was on fire himself, averaging 48 in the Tests and striking a half-century in one of the two ODIs. Chopra was also part of the England Lions' tour of Australia in 2013, and made a century against Australia A. Varun joined Warwickshire for the start of the 2010 season. In 2011 he became the first Warwickshire batsman to score double tons in back to back county matches, and captained the county in recent years. We are delighted to have Varun join PRC Elite for our Midlands conference.


Olympic Badminton Player

Gail Emms

Gail Emms is a British badminton player who was first chosen to represent England in 1995 and, along with partner Nathan Robertson, she has been No. 1 in the world at mixed doubles, All England Champion, and Olympic silver medallist. In additions to the Olympic success, Emms won gold with Robertson in the World Championships 2006, Commonwealth Games in 2006 and in the 2004 European Championships. As a highly successful professional badminton player, Gail has honed her own self-motivation skills and she is an excellent and enthusiastic motivational speaker.

England and GB Hockey

Darren Cheesman

Darren is an experienced international athlete, having represented England and Great Britain in Hockey. He is a significantly known speaker worldwide on the topics of motivation and setting personal goals and targets and is an official Arsenal FC Ambassador as well as coach in the junior England Hockey programme.


England and GB Hockey

Crista Cullen

Rio 2016 Gold Medallist. Crista made her senior international debut for England Hockey in 2003. She was part of the Great Britain squad which won Bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as the England squad that won Bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She retired from international hockey after the 2012 Summer Olympics, aged 27, after earning 171 international caps. However, last year, she was asked out of retirement by the Head Coach of England.

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