Sally shows 200 Derby Business Leaders why ‘This Girl Can!’

Smith Partnership, one of the largest law firms in the Midlands, was excited to be headline sponsor at the ICC Women’s World Cup legacy event, on Thursday 27th April, at Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, with inspirational Olympian Sally Gunnell OBE.

The ‘This Girl Can’ event was an opportunity for over two hundred local business club partners to discuss how the county of Derbyshire can use the global cricket tournament to help women and girls to be their best.

There was a panel of local inspirational business women and entrepreneurs, who talked about their journey to becoming the very best in their field of expertise; led by the new High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Annie Hall.  

Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership said: “I felt very privileged to be involved in this event and to introduce Sally Gunnell as our guest speaker, building on the Sport England’s award winning This Girl Can campaign.

“Sally’s speech was hugely empowering and moving to every woman in the room taking us through the build up to her Olympic gold medal win in 1992 in Barcelona! I truly believe it will be a catalyst to enable more women to get involved in sport across the county.

“The partners at Smith Partnership are very passionate about being involved in sport and understand the positive role it plays in binding the local community together and inspiring people of all ages to be active. 

“We’re really looking forward to the Women’s World Cup cricket tournament coming to Derby in June where our great City will be in the spotlight yet again as a shining example for both the business and sporting world. 

“We are also proud to be hosting the next Derby’s Finest event at the World Cup England versus New Zealand match on 12 July where our ladies will get the chance to enjoy this unique sporting occasion and invite other unsung female heroes of Derbyshire.”

Inspirational speaker, Sally Gunnell OBE, is the only women to hold four titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth games, plus a world record holder for the 400 m hurdles. As a sports ambassador she is now a world renowned motivational and business speaker, engaging with organisations to encourage involvement in sport at all level.

Following a flurry of social media posts during the event Sally responded on Twitter:

“Hope to have inspired some people today.”

“Glad you enjoyed it. Everyone should be the best they can!” @SallyGunnell

Derby’s Finest event details:

England v New Zealand World Cup Match

Date: 12 July 2017

Time: 10 am

Price: £45.00

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