Changemaker Award Shortlisted Nominees

The Changemaker Award celebrates those who have inspired others and used their platforms to create change.


2021’s nominees are:


Alice Dearing

Alice Dearing is a swimmer for Great Britain and the co-founder of the Black Swimming Association. This summer, Alice became the first black woman to swim for Team GB at an Olympic Games when she competed in Tokyo in the 10km marathon event. She is a vocal advocate for diversity in her sport.





Anita White

Anita White is the founder and CEO of the Anita White Foundation, an organisation that aims to educate, empower, and invest in female leaders in sport, and to champion gender equality in sport leadership. A former international sportswoman and captain of the England Hockey team, she was chair of the Women’s Sport Foundation and pioneered the landmark Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport in 1994.





Dr Emma Ross

Dr Emma Ross is co-founder and co-CEO of The Well HQ, an organisation that aims to educate and empower women to understand their bodies and use that knowledge to perform better in sport and physical activity. Formerly the head of physiology for the English Institute of Sport, she launched the smartHER programme to educate coaches and athletes about the female body in high performance. She now works with sporting bodies, as well as PE teachers and students, to improve the support they offer to girls and women.





Sue Anstiss

Sue Anstiss is the founder of the Women’s Sport Collective, which began during the first lockdown and now has more than 3,500 members from 60 countries, helping women in the industry to network, share resources, and mentor each other. She has published a book, Game On: The Unstoppable Rise of Women’s Sport and hosts a podcast, The Game Changers, which celebrates trailblazing women in sport. She was a founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, is a director of Lewes FC, and has worked for a number of organisations, including the RFU’s Independent Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Group.



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