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The European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) has appointed Dr Thomas Rieger as the new chair of its Standards Council. He replaces Dr Alfonso


King won gold in the London 2012 team pursuit


Olympic champion named Matrix brand ambassador


Johnson Health Tech UK’s commercial division – Matrix Fitness – has announced that Olympic cycling champion Dani King will become a brand ambassador for Matrix and its associated brands. Matrix has already created a group of elite


and up-and-coming athletes who reflect the ideals of ‘commitment’ and ‘striving for excellence’, together with the Matrix brand positioning of ‘Expect More’. After previously riding for the Vision 1


and Horizon Fitness-Prendas teams, also sponsored by Johnson Health Tech UK, King is currently part of the Matrix Fitness- Prendas cycling team. She will now become an individual


ambassador, working closely with Matrix Fitness and its customers to encourage people to participate in an active lifestyle. King won a gold medal at the London


2012 Olympic Games for the team pursuit, alongside fellow riders Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell. She will join other Matrix ambassadors,


who include Tim Brabants (sprint kayaker), James Cracknell (Olympic rowing champion) and Sally Gunnell (Olympic gold medallist hurdler).


Wave Leisure Trust elects new chair and vice chair


Wave Leisure Trust has appointed Vincent Burch as its new chair and David Hearn as the new vice chair. Burch joined the board of Wave Leisure


in 2005. He has extensive experience in the social housing sector and recently joined a local environmental compliance and recycling company as financial controller. Hearn joined the board of Wave Leisure


in January 2012. He has a background in public and third sector sports and leisure management, including more than 15 years’ experience working at a strategic and operational level.


Jiménez, who announced earlier this year that he was to become head of the School of Sports & Exercise Sciences at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Rieger holds a doctoral


degree in social sciences, with a specialisation in sport science, from the University of Tübingen. He also has a masters degree in public health. In 2007, he was appointed professor of sport management at the Business and Information Technology School – BiTS (Laureate International Universities). Rieger says: “I’m honoured to have been


given this responsibility at a time when EHFA is accelerating standards development


Dr Thomas Rieger has degrees in public health and sports science


work, particularly at higher levels and in areas of chronic disease, looking at how fitness can play an increasing role in promoting the benefits of health-enhancing physical activity and exercise. “I have a very capable Standards Council


who will be helping with this work, together with very many technical experts from across Europe and around the world.”


Nuffield names Richard Wayment as COO


Nuffield Health has announced the appointment of Richard Wayment as COO of its fitness and wellbeing division. Wayment joins Nuffield Health – the UK’s


largest not-for-profit healthcare provider – from House of Fraser, where he was retail operations director, taking responsibility for 63 stores and 17,000 staff. Wayment will report to Laura Kerby,


managing director, consumer wellbeing, taking responsibility for all sales and operations, food and beverage, nursery and membership administration across Nuffield’s 65-strong portfolio of fitness and wellbeing centres. Kerby says: “We are delighted to announce


Richard Wayment’s appointment. Richard’s expertise in running complex multi-site and multi-channel businesses, as well as his proven track record in producing robust results through people, will be a real asset to Nuffield Health.”


NEWS Rieger to lead EHFA’s standards


Wayment joins Nuffield from House of Fraser Nuffield Health’s annual report, published


in June, revealed how finances grew strongly despite the challenging economic circumstances, with turnover rising by 4 per cent last year to £575m from £552m.


British Swimming appoints panel for 2012 ‘debrief’


Conor O’Shea and Thomas Lurz are to form part of a panel of experts appointed by British Swimming to support and contribute to its London 2012 Performance Debrief. O’Shea is a former national director of the


English Institute of Sport and current director of rugby at Harlequins, with experience of


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coaching, sport science and sport medicine. Meanwhile, German-born Lurz is a two-time Olympic marathon swimming medallist and is to contribute to analysis of Team GB’s open water swimming performance. The panel will be chaired by Craig Hunter, an independent member of British Swimming’s board.


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