30th of November
Kris Saunders-Stowe is the founder of Wheely Good Fitness, an organisation whose mission is to provide unique and modern fitness classes to wheelchair users and other members of the disabled community. Since embracing the use of a wheelchair and subsequently becoming a fitness instructor, Kris’s role within the field of disability and fitness has become diverse and he is now respected as a positive role model. He is proactive in encouraging a change in the fitness industry and general public’s perceptions of what people living with disabilities are capable of. At the same time he tries to demonstrate to others, who, like himself, live with a disability, that it does not need to be a barrier to life, and to show them that by changing the way in which they view themselves and their abilities anything is possible. His mixed-ability approach helps integrate people of all abilities together, removing barriers, taboos and ignorance of the capabilities of the individual.
In addition to running Wheely Good Fitness, Kris works as an instructor for Halo Leisure, where he teaches a modern approach exercise class for people living with MS, alongside seated aerobics. He has also developed an internationally available series of home exercise DVDs (Wheel-Fit™ and Wheel-Spin™) in order to bring his exercise principles to a wider audience. In line with his desire to raise disability awareness, Kris is now also professionally involved in acting and contemporary wheelchair dance.
His close connection to his clients led him to run the London Marathon for the MS Society in 2015 using a standard wheelchair, and later in 2016 for Scope, a disability charity with which he is closely involved as an ambassador and active campaigner.
Jon held the post of Chief Executive Officer for Disability Sport Wales from 2002-2017. Responsible for leading the strategic development of disability sport, Jon advised the Welsh Government and Sport Wales on all aspects of policy development and implementation.
Over the same 16 year period, membership of Welsh sports clubs grew from 1,200 to nearly 24,000 members with a disability, whilst the community workforce grew to over 7,000 coaches and volunteers, supporting over 980 clubs and sessions.
In 2004, Jon led the introduction of a talent system in Wales which resulted in the nation enjoying its most successful period winning more Paralympic medals per capita than any other nation over 3 successive Paralympic Games.
In 2015, Jon was appointed to the board of Boccia UK and more recently was elected onto BISFed, the World Governing Body for the sport of boccia.
Jon is also the Vice Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales, the organisation responsible for taking Team Wales to the Commonwealth Games. Previously in 2006 and 2010, Jon held the role of General Team Manager for Team Wales at the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Prior to joining Disability Sport Wales, Jon held the positions of Principle Leisure Officer for the City and County of Swansea, Senior Development Officer, Sports Wales and Sports Development Officer, Rhymney Valley District Council.
A passionate advocate for children with disabilities and young people’s services, Jon is a Trustee for a Swansea based children’s (disability) charity, Stepping Stones.
Jon is now an independent consultant.
Married with two children, Jon lives in Swansea, South Wales.
Dr. Goodwin is a professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB CANADA, were she recently completed her term as the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. She is the former Executive Director of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement – a research, teaching, and fitness centre for people experiencing disability. Dr. Goodwin holds the distinctions of Fellow of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Professionals, and a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal from the Govern General of Canada. She has been a visiting scholar to Norway, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Goodwin’s most recent research interests pertain to the application of applied ethics to professional and research practice. She has published her qualitative work related to lived experiences in such journals as the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, QUEST, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Leisure/Loisir, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy. She takes great pleasure in the success of her graduate students, many of whom held significant funding awards and have gone on to academic positions.
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