Sporting legends add gloss to final day of Beyond Sport

20th July 2012

Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Ian Thorpe and five-time ice skating world champion Michelle Kwan have been confirmed as speakers at the final day of the Beyond Sport Summit, on Wednesday 25th July, joining a host of other leading names from the worlds of sport, business, government and beyond – including Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Bob Beamon.

They will bring to a close a full day of interviews and panels featuring high-profile figures, starting when Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, joins former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the opening panel alongside Lonnie Ali, the wife of global icon Muhammad Ali and Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center, and 1995 Rugby World Cup winner Francois Pienaar.

The afternoon will see Paddy Harverson, the official spokesman for the Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and former director of communications for Manchester United, join chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver and NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France in an exploration of how to effectively change the habits and lifestyles of the mass market.

Thorpe and Kwan, two of their respective countries' most beloved Olympians, will join Beamon, the world's longest-standing Olympic record holder, and activist and former NBA star John Amaechi for the day’s final session – One Hour of Inspiration – bringing the Beyond Sport Summit 2012 to a close just two days ahead of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Wednesday 25th July will mark the end of the three-day Beyond Sport Summit, which will bring together the greatest gathering in sport, business and politics ahead of the Olympic Games over three days. Other highlights of the week will include Beyond Rugby at Twickenham Stadium and Beyond Football at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday 24th July, as well as a wide range of panels, workshops and meetings designed to push forward sport's role as a tool for social change.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. Its global partners are Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME and UNICEF.