UK sports documentary Personal Best

A new documentary film calledPersonal Bestwhich is released in cinemas this Friday 25th May.

It featured UK Olympic athlete Jeanette kwakye who was approached in 2006 to be part of a short film called ‘Sprinters’ which documented my then training group and coach, Michael Afilaka, over the 2007 athletics season.

The success of ‘Sprinters’ resulted in the feature length documentary ‘Personal Best’ that was made with the help of the British Film Industry and Adidas.


This was filmed over four years from 2007 and charts the in and outs of four London athletes training for London 2012. It is beautifully shot and directed by Sam Blair. I can assure you, this is the best insight you can get into what athletes at varying levels, go through on a daily basis.

Here is the link to the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaolxUSIqfs

Jeanette kwakye  is one of the athletes in the film and will be part of a few Q&A sessions in Hackney and Stratford over the next couple of weeks.

Jeanette will be at some of the Q&As, there are various screening dates all over the UK which are listed below!

MAY/ JUNE SCREENINGS

CURZON SOHO 26-27 MAY – Sat 26TH MAY 12:00 / Sun 27TH MAY 14:10
https://www.curzoncinemas.com/booking/default.aspx?eventgroupid=eJyLVgpILSrOz0vMUXBKLS5R0lHAFHB3CnEE0tGxQKxklpdklgLkGRroKKQl5hSnQqnYWABm2xZm <https://www.curzoncinemas.com/booking/default.aspx?eventgroupid=eJyLVgpILSrOz0vMUXBKLS5R0lHAFHB3CnEE0tGxQKxklpdklgLkGRroKKQl5hSnQqnYWABm2xZm>

RITZY BRIXTON – MON 28 MAY 18:30 (Q&A)
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/Dochouse_Personal_Best/ <http://http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/Dochouse_Personal_Best/>

HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE – TUES 29 MAY 18:45 (Q&A)
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Personal_Best/ <http://http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Personal_Best/>
 
LEXI KENSAL RISE – WED 6 JUNE TBC (Q&A)           
not booking yet… check here for details http://thelexicinema.co.uk/ <http://thelexicinema.co.uk/>
                  
GREENWICH PICTUREHOUSE – THUR 7 JUNE 20:30 (Q&A)
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Greenwich_Picturehouse/film/Personal_Best/ <http://http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Greenwich_Picturehouse/film/Personal_Best/>

STRATFORD EAST PICHOUSE – MON 11 JUNE 18:40 (Q&A)
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Stratford_London/film/Personal_Best/ <http://http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Stratford_London/film/Personal_Best/>
 
NATIONAL FILM & TV SCHOOL BEACONSFIELD – TUES 19th JUNE (time TBC) (Q&A)
private screening

 
 
JULY SCREENINGS
 
EASTEND FILM FEST (STRATFORD EAST PICTUREHOUSE) – SAT 7 JULY

STRATFORD EAST PICHOUSE – 9-12 JULY

MAC BIRMINGHAM – WED 11- THURS 12 JULY
not booking yet  http://www.macarts.co.uk/ <http://http://www.macarts.co.uk/>
 
RIVERSIDE HAMMERSMITH – WED 11 JULY (Q&A)
not booking yet http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?p=home01 <http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?p=home01>
 
FILMHOUSE EDINBURGH – 20-23 JULY
http://film.list.co.uk/listing/253040-personal-best/ <http://film.list.co.uk/listing/253040-personal-best/>
 
CHAPTER CARDIFF – 20-26 JULY
not booking yet… check here for details http://www.chapter.org/ <http://http://www.chapter.org/>
                                                                                                                               
WATERSHED BRISTOL – date in July TBC

BSN networking evening – Friday 25th May 2012

BSN NETWORKING NIGHT

on Friday 25 May 2012

at
Six Clerks Bar
Please join us for social and professional networking among
our members and their associates.Our networking nights take place on the last Friday of every month. These events are equally popular among lawyers and professionals
from a wide range of other sectors as they are an excellent way to improve your
network of contacts, as well as to develop those you already have.

Arrive early to take part in one of 2 focus groups – details below. We look forward to welcoming you.

The BSN Events Team


 Have your say – Take part in a 45 minute focus groupThe SRA is conducting a review of Continuing Professional Development and have commissioned a research study by Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. They are keen to consult solicitors directly about their experiences of the current CPD framework and seek their views on alternative CPD frameworks. They are particularly interested to explore how experiences and CPD requirements may differ for certain groups of solicitors.

A second team from Nottingham Law School is undertaking a seperate study on Legal Education and Training.The review is intended to be a fundamental, evidence-based review of education and training requirements across legal services in England and Wales. One of the topics on which the researchers will report involves questions of mobility and diversity in legal education and training.
Any changes as a result of the review will affect you and it is important that the views of BME solicitors are taken into account.

We are seeking up to 20 solicitors and trainees to take part in 2 focus groups at 6.30pm at our Networking Night on 25th May 2012. If you would like to take part, please send an email by 5pm on Thursday 24 May with your name, year of admission, or date you complete your training contract to events@blacksolicitorsnetwork.co.uk and we will send you further details.
If you cannot make the focus group but are happy to take part in a telephone interview with the researchers, please let us know.

The BSN Events Team

Where
Six Clerks Bar
The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1PL
When
Friday 25 May 2012
6.30 – 9.00pm

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
14 June 2012 – BSN Seminar on in-house practice
register here:
http://bsninhouse.eventbrite.com/
30 June 2012 – BSN Summer Party – details to be
released shortly

BSN networking evening – Friday 25th May 2012

BSN NETWORKING NIGHT

on Friday 25 May 2012

at
Six Clerks Bar
Please join us for social and professional networking among
our members and their associates.Our networking nights take place on the last Friday of every month. These events are equally popular among lawyers and professionals
from a wide range of other sectors as they are an excellent way to improve your
network of contacts, as well as to develop those you already have.Arrive early to take part in one of 2 focus groups – details below. We look forward to welcoming you.

The BSN Events Team


 Have your say – Take part in a 45 minute focus groupThe SRA is conducting a review of Continuing Professional Development and have commissioned a research study by Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. They are keen to consult solicitors directly about their experiences of the current CPD framework and seek their views on alternative CPD frameworks. They are particularly interested to explore how experiences and CPD requirements may differ for certain groups of solicitors.A second team from Nottingham Law School is undertaking a seperate study on Legal Education and Training.The review is intended to be a fundamental, evidence-based review of education and training requirements across legal services in England and Wales. One of the topics on which the researchers will report involves questions of mobility and diversity in legal education and training.
Any changes as a result of the review will affect you and it is important that the views of BME solicitors are taken into account.

We are seeking up to 20 solicitors and trainees to take part in 2 focus groups at 6.30pm at our Networking Night on 25th May 2012. If you would like to take part, please send an email by 5pm on Thursday 24 May with your name, year of admission, or date you complete your training contract to events@blacksolicitorsnetwork.co.uk and we will send you further details.
If you cannot make the focus group but are happy to take part in a telephone interview with the researchers, please let us know.

The BSN Events Team

Where
Six Clerks Bar
The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1PL
When
Friday 25 May 2012
6.30 – 9.00pm

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
14 June 2012 – BSN Seminar on in-house practice
register here:
http://bsninhouse.eventbrite.com/
30 June 2012 – BSN Summer Party – details to be
released shortly

ACLT at Choice FM – 2nd June 2012

Hello Friend and Supporter

I hope you and loved ones are well.

I wondered if you could help us with an appeal we are running to assist 21 year old Dennis Gyamfi. Dennis is of Ghanaian descent, living in South London, sadly he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in January 2010. He is currently undergoing a 3 year course of chemotherapy  treatments but there is a concern by the consultants at St. Georges Hospital in Tooting that he may need an unrelated bone marrow donor to save his life. He does have younger siblings but they do not have the same matching bone marrow tissue type as Dennis.

We are hosting our annual bone marrow and blood recruitment session at Choice FM Studios (Global Radio) in Leicester Square WC2H 7LA on Saturday the 2nd June. Time: 11am till 4pm.

Our hope is to find Dennis a matching donor but we URGENTLY need some assistance…

Is there any possibility of you helping us by doing any of the following:

1.    Could you please pass on this correspondence to all or some of your contacts on your e-mailing list

2.    Secondly are you able to put us in touch with some young artists, our aim would be to have them say a few words to mic and/or to be interviewed by the Presenters to be broadcasted at ‘Global Radio’ (Choice FM and LBC) and possibly other Global Radio Stations) so that we can get the listeners interested in attending the drive to sign up as donors?

Although this is an appeal on behalf of Dennis we want members of the general public to come along on the 2nd June to see if they could match anyone of any ethnicity awaiting a life saving donor.

Sadly, at the present time we have far too many people on our books awaiting matches, too many to mention. If we can find matching donors now and in the future through this appeal it will make a life saving difference to so many patients and their loved ones

Dennis is keen to have his story heard if it will help to encourage just 1 person to sign up and give a saliva sample to see if they can assist him or someone else.

Our PR lady Ronke Ige is on hand to help organise interviews with young artists at the ‘Global Radio’ studios or on the telephone if they are not able to attend in person.

Dennis is well into his timetable of treatments which should be killing off all of the leukaemia cells that are in his blood affecting his bone marrow. The doctors would like to have him in FULL remission (cancer free) at the end of 3 years. If he is not in remission we would all like to ensure a matching donor is ready and waiting, but we need your help!

Prior to Dennis’s diagnosis he was a up and coming Director and was furthering his education in Media at the London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, where he was studying for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography.  He was also holding down a part time job as a Sales Consultant and a Youth Worker for the Brathay Foundation, Dennis even found time to launch online magazine Endz2Endz.com http://www.endz2endz.com – An urban online magazine, set up by young people, for young people, enabling teenagers from different neighbourhoods to reconnect through the power of the internet and their passion for creativity.

Due to Dennis’s Leukaemia diagnosis all of his above hopes and dreams are temporarily on hold while he battles to save his life. However, the Endz2Emdz urban online magazine is still being updated and is full of current News. Dennis was also a ‘Spirit of London’ winner in 2010.

If you are able to register as a donor (if not done so already) and/or can put us in touch with young artists we would very much appreciate your help.

Look forward to hearing from you. Please e-mail me at beverley@aclt.org or call the ACLT office on tel no. 020 8240 4480 and ask to speak with Bev or Verna

BCOMS Spring networking evening – Monday 23rd April 2012

Inspirational YOU presents the B.C.O.M.S networking evening

Monday 23rd April 2012

6.30pm -10.00pm

Foundation Bar

5 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA

FREE

Tickets: http://bcoms2012.eventbrite.com

Info:

natashashenry@yahoo.co.uk

bookings@inspirationalyou.co.uk

07545156111

Come along to mingle, share experiences and strengthen your networks.

This is an open event.

Follow @bcomstweet.

Founded – 2009

Black Collective of Media in Sport (B.C.O.M.S.)

Description
BCOMS was founded in 2009 by like-minded sports media professionals, concerned at the under-representation of black people in their chosen career field and committed to developing positive change. Working across the full breadth of broadcast media – in TV, radio, online and print – BCOMS members include award-winning journalists, producers, presenters, researchers, production managers and editors. BCOMS members work for the top names in sports media, including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, major independents and on Fleet Street.

BCOMS believes that African and Caribbean’s are significantly under-represented in the sports media despite disproportionate interest in, and achievement from, the community in this area. An independent group, BCOMS is committed to help engender a greater representation of black people in the field through innovative networking, campaigning and training programmes. Through developing relationships with media organizations, educational establishments, existing trade bodies and key decision-makers, the group will promote its case for the benefits of increased diversity in the sports media and help offer the paths to achieving it.

BCOMS aims to be the first port of call both for black professionals in the sports media and talented newcomers looking to develop their careers.

Mission
Working for a better playing field in British sports media BCOMS aims to improve the representation of Africans and Caribbean’s within the sports media through networking, campaigning and training.

Inspirational YOU host – Charlene White – Wednesday 18th April 2012

Charlene White – ITV News Presenter

Inspirational YOU supporter & trustee

What did you study at University?
BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Printing (now London College of Communications)

What is an average day like?
There is no average day in news. Especially when you work across national and regional news. But it always starts with scanning through the mornings papers online, watching a lot of 24-hr news channels, writing scripts and occasionally editing footage.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Probably working at the New York Post in Manhattan for 3 months during summer break at university. I had articles published in the paper almost every day, and met some incredible people whilst I was there. At the time, I don’t think I truly understood the magnitude of me being accepted for a work placement there – it was only years later that I worked it out!

What tips would you give to anyone wanting to get into journalism?
Actually want to be a journalist, and not famous. There are so many people who “want” to be journalists but have no idea about current affairs. I’ve read newspapers everyday, and watched news programmes everyday since I was at school. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to news, and unfortunately I don’t meet enough aspiring journos who have the same passion for it. The other tip would be that London isn’t the centre of news, if you want proper experience — especially in TV — be prepared to travel to other parts of the UK and work in regional TV. It’s the best training you’ll get, and TV execs respect you more if you’ve been on the road as a reporter.

Who inspires you?
My family. No matter what happens in our lives, we strive to do better.

What is your mantra?
Everything happens for a reason.

Why do you support Inspirational YOU?
I believe that inspiring the next generation is a role we should all have a hand in.

Inspirational YOU speaker – Donna McConnell – Wednesday 18th April 2012

Donna McConnell
Showbusiness Editor, Mail Online

What did you study at university?
BA Hons Media/Print Journalism – University of Westminster
Postgraduate Diploma Newspaper Journalism – City University

How did you secure your position at the Mail Online?
I applied for shifts as a freelance then made myself indispensable

What does a usual day consist of?
I manage the showbiz team of up to eight journalists in London and Los Angeles. Starting at 7am I collate the showbiz newslist gathering stories from daily papers, magazines, Twitter, showbiz blogs, overnight events, and pictures.
I present ideas in three daily news conferences to my editor, following that I commission stories, update and edit copy, respond to breaking news, monitor Twitter, all major US sites and our competitors, field queries from PRs, and deal with legal issues. I finish around 6pm.

What has been the highlight of your role so far?
Getting it! And spending three months in Los Angeles helping to set up the LA office.

Who would you like to meet?
My husband Idris Elba – failing that Michelle Obama

Who inspires you?
My late grandmother, she was a stylish, self-educated, hardworking woman and people who write well like Philip French, the film critic at The Observer and music, too many artists to mention

What is your mantra?
Never take no for an answer

What three tips to give those wanting to pursue a career in journalism?
· Learn your craft – get proper training

· Write – even when you don’t have a position, there’s no excuse, get a blog

· Read a lot – newspapers, magazines, blogs, and learn to adapt your writing to different publications

Inspirational YOU speaker – Hepburn Harrison-Graham – Wednesday 18th April 2012

Hepburn Harrison-Graham worked as a professional actor from 1979-1991 and has appeared in a variety of films and TV programmes, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cry Freedom, The Firm and Eastenders. My stage work included a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1992 he began working for BBC radio sport. He started as a junior broadcaster but quickly became an assistant producer. During the formative years of radio 5 live he was fortunate enough to produce a wide range of programmes. Among them were. Hoops, an original programme about English basketball.  Sports America, an insight into American sport,  and Sunday Sport During this period he also devised and produced a number of documentaries. The  most notable being Across the White Line a four part series that chartered the history of black footballers in England.

In 1996 he worked as a  producer at  the Olympic Games  where, among other things, I produced a critically acclaimed radio documentary on Martin Luther King.   Later that year he became a boxing producer,  and  was lucky enough to produce  some of the most iconic fights in boxing history.  Hepburn held that position for seven years before becoming an assistant editor. In 2008 he became the first black editor in the history of BBC radio sport.

Inspirational YOU speaker – Janine La Rosa – Wednesday 18th April 2012

Janine La Rosa – Diversity Manager at Sky

Janine is responsible for the development and implementation of Sky’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. This high profile role involves ensuring that recruitment, development and promotion opportunities are open to all and that talent and a good work ethic are the key criteria for a successful career at Sky. Janine chairs the BSkyB Diversity Comms Board which is responsible for aligning  diversity and inclusion activities on and off screen to ensure that Sky represents the UK community.

Janine has been at Sky for over 4 years and has worked across a number of business areas in that time. Before joining Sky Janine was a management consultant working in the UK and overseas.

Janine is a member of the Inspirational You Board.

What did you study at University?

Modern History, Economic History and Politics.

What did you want to do when growing up?

Barrister, pop star, teacher, doctor, house wife – I wanted to do all of these things for one day each week.

How did you get a job at Sky?

I spotted an opportunity on the WorkforSky website and applied directly
What is an average day like?

The scope of my job is vast so every day is completely different. At the moment I’m developing a strategy to encourage up and coming female talent in Sky, setting our diversity goals for next year and reviewing the feedback from our work with the Mama Youth Project to encourage young people from underprivileged backgrounds into the media. I spend a lot of my time in meetings, developing diversity strategies and influencing key stakeholders – great thing is I’m never bored.
What do enjoy most about your job?

All of it, honestly! I’ve had a really varied career and this role plays to my strengths while allowing me to add a creative and passionate flair. If I had to pick one thing I most enjoy it would be the opportunity to work with and have an impact on all of the different areas of Sky.

What tips do you have for someone wanting to break into media?

Do your research. I am constantly asked to help people get ‘into’ Sky, which I’m happy to do but you need to have some idea of what you want to do as there as so many opportunities in so many different business areas.

Make the most of every opportunity. If someone gives you the chance to gain experience in something new or to show you can add value to something make sure you take the chance as you never know where it might lead.

Take ownership of your career. If you don’t like your current role develop a plan to get you to where you want to be. Accept that this may involve developing yourself outside of your current role and in your own time. It’s no one else’s responsibility to develop you so if you want something it’s up to you to make it happen.

Inspirational YOU speaker – Liam Toothill – Wednesday 18th April 2012

Liam Tootill – Managing Director at SB.TV

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Sheffield university graduate Liam has been working at SB.TV since January 2010 and besides Jamal, is the longest serving member of the team.

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Wigan-born Liam got in touch with Jamal while working on his dissertation on the UK grime scene. Liam has also done some consultancy work for Simon Cowell‘s record label SYCO and has written for i-D magazine.

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SB.TV is an innovative ‘music and lifestyle’ youth media platform with a ‘Global’ reach. To date the channel has amassed over 100,000,000 views on the Smokeybarz YouTube channel. We are an online broadcaster come production team, and we understand our audience, because effectively, we are our audience.

There are no particular boundaries at SB.TV which allows us a creative freedom when producing high quality, unfiltered, unbiased, content that we hope will serve as entertainment and inspiration. Having built something from scratch organically, which has now evolved into a powerful machine for artists to showcase their work; SBTV has never done this for any other reason than our passion for music and the creative industries.

Liam what did you study at University?

Ethnomusicology

Who has influenced you?

Family, friends and teachers.

What charities do you support?

The Damilola Taylor Trust/Spirit Of London Awards and ChildLine.

What is your mantra?

Progress with Unity

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