2017 Guests

Katy Sexton MBE

Katy is a former Olympic swimmer who hails from Portsmouth and won a host of titles while competing for Great Britain. Katy became the first British swimmer to win a World Championship title, when she won the Women’s 200m at the 2003 World Championships. As well as competing in two Olympic Games, Katy has also represented Great Britain in four World Championships and three Commonwealth Games, the first in 1998 when she was just 15 years old.

…Wandering around the Olympic village you see your sporting idols. I can remember seeing Muhammad Ali in Sydney and socialising with athletes that you are used to growing up watching on TV. 
— Katy Sexton MBE

Lauren Steadman

Lauren is a double world champion and has won the European title four times.Lauren was born missing her lower right arm, however this has challenged Lauren to be the best she can be, and she relishes the chance to overcome barriers.

She has competed at two Paralympic Games as a swimmer and represented Team GB at Rio 2016 in Paratriathlon in the sports inaugural entry to the Paralympic Games winning Silver in the women's PT4!


Khosro Nikpay and Stina Eriksson

The founders of Frill, Khosro Nikpay and Stina Eriksson spoke exploring the fundamental drivers behind human macronutrient choices and our real options for improving our nutrition. 

Natalie Summers 

"one of the UK’s leading personal trainers, a co-author of a number one best best selling book with Survivalist Bear Grylls, a kick ass writer of fitness programs, an awesome idea driven and creative fitness entrepreneur with a huge heart.’"


Former Portsmouth University Geology student Natalie hosted a very special workout straight from her book with Bear Grylls: 'Your Life - Train For It'

Natasha J Wood

Health coach Natasha is on a personal mission to help career women reclaim their health and confidence so that they can thrive in every aspect of their life. Natasha a health coach, yogi and barre instructor with several years teaching experience based in London. Her journey into wellness began back when she was a teenager, training to be an actress and performer. After many years pursuing this profession Natasha came to a cross roads, after experiencing her own personal breakthrough, she knew then her true purpose was to help to people reclaim their body and thrive in their life. Natasha offers 1-1 online Health coaching as well as Yoga and Wellbeing retreats in destinations around the world.

Natasha joined the Fitness Festival line-up with T.O.N.E.D her Signature Barre class and an inspirational Q&A

Nuts Over The Atlantic

Mark, Steve, Dan and Jon make up the Nuts team and they are busy readying themselves for one of the toughest races on Earth; The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of The Movember Foundation, a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Every member of Team Nuts has been directly or indirectly affected by the causes Movember stands for - testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Not content with taking on this mammoth challenge, the team are aiming to raise £100,000 to support The Movember Foundation.

Claudia Albrecht

Island Feather founder Claudia Albrecht discussed her inspiring journey as a fitness brand entrepreneur.

What does it take to design a collection and what are the challenges of finding a manufacturer?

Hannah & Fitness

"After graduating from the University of Portsmouth last summer with a BA hons in Graphic Design I decided to turn my blog into a business and have since collaborated with amazing fitness brands such as Nike, Superdry, JD Sports and USA Pro. With my blog I aim to influence others to live a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle that is not only achievable but enjoyable, too."

Ebonie Jones

Portsmouth born Ebonie Jones enjoyed great success as a Junior winning gold at European Championships and a bronze at World Championships before joining the Army. Ebonie, now fighting for the Army Boxing Team has continued her journey in the ring and recently competed at the ABA's as a senior for the first time, winning the title belt at bantamweight.

The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard

Peter has been a practicing Christian since the age of 16 and a priest in the Church of England since 1997. It was about the same time he became a priest that he became interested in fitness. This has had a big impact on his life, spirituality and well being, especially since working out at Sweat Southsea. Peter talked about his own personal fitness and spiritual journey and exploring why he believes the two areas of our lives are intrinsically linked and that taking both seriously leads to a more holistic approach to well being.

James Findon

James is a neuroscience PhD sackler scholar at King’s College London. He specialises in using neuroimaging techniques to explore the brain of people with depression, anxiety and autism. He is also the founder and president of London Universities and Colleges Athletics (LUCA), an organisation that develops athletics across 20 universities in London.

James is a passionate advocator for the role of sport in mental well-being and how sport and exercise should play a greater part in treatment strategies for a range of physical and mental conditions.

Sinead Eaton

Sinead was a city worker who's fitness worked around her life. That was until she had her baby boy. Sinead became a qualified Pilates and fitness instructor when her son was 3 months old and spent maternity leave dedicating her time to training new mums. Bubs To Bods is her buggy class running in Lonon. The aim is to bring new mums together, make them feel like themselves again, and to show them that so much more comes from fitness and exercise than image. Sinead believes health and fitness not only helps shed the pounds post baby, but more importantly can aid postnatal depression. 

Emily Robinson

The Fitness Festival's host for 2017, Emily Robinson is a full time data scientist, a part time model and a sponsored wakeboarder, with a passion for life outdoors and extreme sports.

Emily graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a Masters in Chemistry. Having grown up surfing, the pulI of the water became too great and science temporarily took a backseat whilst Emily became a qualified wakeboard instructor. During this time out from science, Emily dedicated the majority of her time to creating a women’s wakeboarding club, as well as enjoying time away climbing and mountaineering. Emily is continuously inspired by the will of others to live a balanced healthy life, where they are both career driven and following their dreams.

(Left) Emily modelling Island Feather.

Emily first met Festival Directors Luke and Tina Newton at South Coast Wakepark, where Emily taught Luke to wakeboard earlier this year.

Adele Cole

London based Personal Trainer has always been passionate about sport and fitness. From the age of 8 Adele played netball and went on to represent her country and make the England U19 squad.  Adele has a great passion for running and has completed the Brighton Marathon, and appeared on the front page of Running Fitness magazine. But Adele counts sharing the joys and benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle as her greatest goal and achievement.

Adele will be leading a conditioning class live on stage!