Sporting insight to be given at public lecture series
The Carnegie Conversations lectures are free and open to the public and will include presentations by sports psychiatrist Steve Peters, 2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb, Yorkshire County Cricket Club coaches Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie, and Malcolm Brown MBE, coach of London 2012 Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
Last year's highly-acclaimed series saw luminaries from across the world of sport take part, including current England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster, Leeds Rhinos and England captain Kevin Sinfield, Baroness Sue Campbell and former England cricket captain Alec Stewart.
The first lecture of this year's series will take place on Wednesday 25 February and will be hosted by BBC Sport's Tanya Arnold. Tanya will be joined by Yorkshire County Cricket Club Director of Cricket, CEO Mark Arthur, and first team coach Jason Gillespie as they explore leadership in sport both on and off the pitch with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. As part of the lecture the speakers will also reflect on the Winter Ashes series in Australia and look ahead to the County Championship season.
The second lecture in the series takes place on Wednesday 5 March and is entitled 'The making of a champion'. The lecture will be delivered by Malcolm Brown, who oversees the programmes of many of British Triathlon's Leeds based performance athletes and was instrumental in Britain's preparations and progress towards and during London 2012, which culminated in Alistair Brownlee's gold medal triumph.
Steve Peters will deliver his presentation on Monday 17 March where he will share some of the science and techniques behind his phenomenal performance success as consultant psychiatrist to the British Cycling Team, Sky ProCycling, Liverpool Football club and other elite sports teams. He will share his experiences of using his mind management programme to help elite athletes and senior business managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.
Football referee Howard Webb will then deliver his Carnegie Conversation lecture on the 27 May where he will begin by providing the audience with some stories about his life and experiences with the game of football. Later on in the evening Howard will partake in a question and answer session that will be facilitated by ex-Leeds United, Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer John Hendrie.