In 2012 at the London Olympic Games, Human Kinetics’ partner, the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) launched the first Global Coaches House, a place where coaches and coach developers throughout the world could gather to share ideas and have access to the most knowledgeable members in the coaching profession. This year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland was the site of another Global Coaches House, held July 26-August 2 at the University of Strathclyde. The event was co-hosted by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and sportscotland, the National Agency for Sport in Scotland.
Human Kinetics vice president and coach education director Ted Miller was in Glasgow to represent HK. Before the event, Ted spent a few days in Leeds, England attending the ICCE’s annual Executive Board meeting.
Ted reported that both the board meeting and Global Coaches House went very well. He was also pleased to tell of a reacquaintance with a long-time friend of HK’s and one of the presenters at the Global Coaches House, Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair, Youth Sport Trust, Leicestershire, UK. Campbell was co-presenter for the July 27 session “Winning Women - Our Role Models,” spotlighting a group of elite female coaches and athletes who shared career highlights and challenges they overcame on their journey to success.
Few can speak on a subject with such authority. Campbell has been with the Youth Sport Trust since the charity’s inception in 1994. She is a former junior international pentathlete and netball player who went on to represent her country as a player, coach, and team manager. Trained as a physical education teacher, Campbell has taught at the University of Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. Before joining the Youth Sport Trust, she was Chief Executive of the National Coaching Foundation (now Sportscoach UK) for 11 years.
Among many honors, Sue has received 10 honorary doctorates, the latest of which was awarded from Queen’s University Belfast in July 2013. In June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport. More recently, the Baroness was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards and was the Chair of UK Sport (until early 2013), where she presided over Team GB and ParalympicGB’s largest medal haul in living memory.
Baroness Campbell of Loughborough sits on the crossbenches of the House of Lords, the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. On November 10, 2008, she was, on recommendation by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, created Baroness Campbell of Loughborough, of Loughborough in the County of Leicestershire. She chose to make her maiden speech on the subject of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ted had a chance to catch up with Sue in Glasgow, and they recalled their first meeting in 1989 when she presented at the National Coaches Conference at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. “As you can see, she has gone on to bigger things, which none of us doubted she would” said Ted.