Women’s Sport in Britain

Breaking Waves with Hannah White

By | 2017-10-17T10:34:47+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Women’s Sport in Britain|

On Wednesday 18th January 2016, Cerno Capital hosted a dinner with Hannah White, one of the female adventurers the firm has been supporting. Following the dinner, Laura Winter, sports journalist and presenter, met up with Hannah to catch up on Project Speedbird, Hannah’s attempt to break the world speed sailing record over 500m and one nautical mile. Words by Laura Winter Hannah White thought she had her life meticulously planned, at least for a few years or so. From her latest challenge, her bid to break the world speed sailing record over 500m and one nautical mile, to her broadcasting career presenting the sailing on BT Sport, the adventurer was in control and on task. And while the weather, or more precisely the lack of strong winds, played havoc with her record attempt, what was to come next would throw all of her carefully laid plans “out the window” and change her life forever. “I’m pregnant!” White declared. “And it’s an extraordinary feeling. I got married in December 2015 and after two miscarriages we found out last October I was pregnant. You want something so badly, and then it comes and you suddenly think, “oh my god, this is actually [...]

Cerno Capital and the Getty Images Sport Photographer Internship 2017

By | 2016-12-07T10:19:25+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Women’s Sport in Britain|

Cerno Capital supports UK women athletes, explorers and adventurers. It is part of our ongoing mission to promote participation and inclusion through various outreach programmes. In a new initiative with Getty Images, Women’s Sport Trust and Canon, we will support women behind the camera by funding a one year paid internship with Getty Images. Entries for the Getty Images Sport Photographer Internship are open and in May next year, a young female talent will be selected to join Getty’s roster of professional sports photographers covering major sporting events both here in the UK and more widely afield. The successful applicant will experience all aspects of the sport photography business at Getty Images, and will have the chance to hone their photography skills at UK and international sporting events with the guidance of the best sports photographers in the industry. It is our hope and Getty’s intention that the internship will convert into a full time role with the organisation. Getty Images have been hugely influential in shaping the photographic portrayal of women in recent years. Witness their collaboration with Sheryl Sandberg on the Lean In Collection, and partnership with Women’s Sport Trust to launch industry standard guidelines for depicting sporting [...]

Project Speedbird at the International Festival for Business 2016

By | 2016-07-18T16:46:49+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Press & Media, Women’s Sport in Britain|

For the past few months, I have been lucky enough to work with Downing Street’s GREAT Campaign as a GREAT Adventure ambassador. When the team at No.10 invited me to exhibit the boat at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool for 3 weeks, I jumped at the chance. Despite being right smack bang in the middle of my record attempt window, I knew this would be an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. International Festival for Business 13 June - 1 July 2016 Exhibition Centre Liverpool The International Festival for Business 2016 is renowned for being the world’s top business event, with over 30,000 delegates from over 100 countries. Having the opportunity to showcase Project Speedbird on this level is something that I could only dream of. Unlike being at the Boat Show or the Science museum, visitors to IFB are there to make connections, do deals and inspire each other to challenge the way business is done, with a focus on innovation and development in a world that never stands still. Innovation and challenging convention has been a running thread through the very heart of what I have tried to do with Project Speedbird. I was featured on the [...]

‘I’m not done yet’ vows Peter Pan Pendleton

By | 2016-02-24T10:15:18+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Asset Class Returns, Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Press & Media, Women’s Sport in Britain|

This article was first seen on The Mixed Zone - the women's online sport magazine After her untimely fall on her jumps debut at Fakenham racecourse aboard odds-on favourite Pacha du Polder, Victoria Pendleton’s dreams of riding at the Cheltenham Festival are hanging in the balance. The Mixed Zone’s Laura Winter spoke to her after the race about the reasons behind her desire to become a jump jockey Victoria Pendleton readily admits she achieved more on a bike than she dreamed she would. Her illustrious cycling career, spanning more than twenty years, embraced nine world titles and three Olympic medals – including two golds. She also picked up a Commonwealth title in 2006 and two European golds in 2011. She was a poster girl for Great Britain during those two glorious weeks in the summer of 2012 when the Olympic Games came to London. And after winning a gold in the keirin and a silver in the sprint, to add to her sprint gold in Beijing in 2008, Pendleton retired. A tumultuous, emotional and world-beating career on the track had come to an end. But what next? Suddenly she felt lost. She missed the sense of purpose and focus that had for so long dominated her [...]

#BeAGameChanger Awards 2016

By | 2016-02-09T14:27:16+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Press & Media, Women’s Sport in Britain|

The Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards 2016 are now open for nominations. These awards promote and celebrate those who are helping the development and recognition of women’s sport. The individuals and organisations involved are inspiring role models and thought-leaders who endeavor to alter the perceptions of female participation in the world of sport. There are nine different nominations categories including role models, Women’s Sport Ambassadors and inspiring initiatives among others. Nominate here. Last year, we had the honour of attending the #BeAGameChanger Awards 2015 and witnessing first-hand how much positive influence last year’s nominees and winners have had in not only just their field, but throughout the wider remit of women’s sport. At Cerno Capital, we continue to support and encourage female athletes, coaches, journalists, and anyone involved in competing against the odds, thriving in and enjoying women’s sport the way it should be. Make sure to nominate the athlete, team or organisation who you feel has made a positive contribution. Find out more at http://www.womenssporttrust.com Follow the Women's Sport Trust on Twitter @WomenSportTrust

Cerno Capital sponsors Project Speedbird

By | 2016-01-11T12:15:09+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Press & Media, Women’s Sport in Britain|

The mission is simple on paper - a raw test of speed and power. Project Speedbird is Hannah White’s mission to become the fastest woman on water over one nautical mile. And for a woman who has made three trans-Atlantic crossings, cycled the Alps and kayaked through England, a 90 second effort on Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire should be straightforward. But the 32-year-old, who has years of adventuring experience, believes breaking Zara Davis’ current record is her toughest challenge yet. “This isn’t a simple course completion project, there are so many variables and its not an easy record - it was set windsurfing,” the sailor explained. “It’s travelling at 80km/hour for a minute and a half. It is so far removed from my skill set. I am an endurance athlete, I’m not a sprinter. “I look back to a year ago this week and I was sailing a foiling boat for the first time. We had just started the project, and it was my first try-out and I couldn't even keep it upright. “It was unbelievably hard. It’s not the most epic, or the highest, or the longest challenge but it is by far the steepest learning curve for me. [...]

Fran Millar at the Rapha Cycle Club – Introductory Remarks by James Spence

By | 2015-11-26T09:46:16+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Women’s Sport in Britain|

How many of you cycled today? A few but well below the national average. As usual I cycled to work today with all the Rapha clad commuters whizzing past we. The final humiliation being when Nick Hornby performed the perfect undercut at Hyde Park Corner. We’re in the Rapha Cycle Club and our friends from Rapha are telling me it’s Black Friday early. Black Friday means a different thing to an investment person but I’m advised it’s a good thing for consumers. We have a filial relationship with Rapha as Rupert Rittson-Thomas is both a director of Rapha and a non- executive partner of Cerno Capital. Thank you Rupert and thank you Tom Wood and Alistair Fenning. Cerno Capital is an asset manager. We build globally diversified portfolios of investments for our clients, some of whom are here tonight. In the audience we have financial advisers, institutions, private investors and professional counterparties. Also present tonight some people from the world of sport Tonight’s event rounds out a year of activity for us in terms of engaging with women in sport which began with sponsorship of BT Sport ActionWoman awards with Clare Balding, Sue Mott and Eleanor Kelly, has taken us [...]

The Mixed Zone – A New Place to Track Our Favourite Sports Women

By | 2015-11-17T10:59:56+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Women’s Sport in Britain|

As a growing business in a competitive market place, we are naturally supportive of dedicated, hardworking individuals looking to gain competitive edge in their chosen areas. Women in sport, in particular, face considerable obstacles in gaining visibility for their achievements. They garner less coverage from the media and less financing from sponsorship deals than their male counterparts. The Women in Sport Trust was set up to address the imbalance of coverage and a new portal and information service, The Mixed Zone  is one of the many ways they are helping support the cause. The Mixed Zone brings together the best stories of women in sport, curated and written by top athletes, sports journalists, enthusiasts and supporters. A truly inspiring and entertaining collection of articles for all who understand the mental strength, dedication and self-motivational challenges required when facing an up-hill climb in sports as well as in business.

A lunch date with Judy Murray

By | 2015-06-26T16:30:06+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Cerno Capital Posts, Cerno Capital Posts, Women’s Sport in Britain|

When Cerno Capital’s James Spence met Judy Murray at the BTSport Action Woman of the Year Awards last December they instantly hit it off. So much so that when James asked Judy if she might come along and speak at an event organised by Cerno Capital, she agreed whole heartedly. Some six months later and the team at Cerno were pleased that Judy Murray - the mother of the World No 3 Andy Murray, Wimbledon Doubles Champion Jamie Murray, captain of the British Fed Cup team and TV star - was still keen to devote a wet and windy Wednesday afternoon in Glasgow. Weather notwithstanding, Judy graced us, 50 Glasgow and Edinburgh based IFAs, and journalists from several Scottish national newspapers with both her presence and her wisdom. Renowned sports journalist Sue Mott was present from BTSport with Maureen McGonigle also present to represent Scottish Women in Sport (www.scottishwomeninsport.co.uk). The discussion took place in the Arthouse Hotel, chaired by BTSport journalist Eleanore Kelly with opportunities for everybody present to ask questions. Interestingly most of the questions posed by guests revealed that Strictly Come Dancing is a popular TV choice in the world of finance. The invitation was sent out to [...]