In a world that is increasingly aware of the importance of mental health, a new generation of superstar athletes is helping to redefine what winning looks like in sport. The actions of Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and others have created powerful role models for society, helping to drive important conversations, but what are the learnings for high-performance programmes and highly mediatised sports properties? Who is responsible for athlete wellbeing and how? Is the cost of success too high? Is the value of victory changing in the eyes of fans and sponsors – and what does that all mean for sport? At the grassroots, the issue brings opportunity: to strengthen the focus on the relationship between physical activity and emotional wellbeing. As society evolves, is it time for sport to put mental health at the heart of its offer?
On the agenda:
▷ Vision in action: Powerade - Daniel Dao & Dr. Vincent Gouttebarge
▷ The changemaker view - Nathalie Péchalat
▷ The athlete view - Elina Svitolina
▷ The big picture - Claude Onesta