Judges revealed for 2018 Girls Active Awards

We are thrilled to reveal some of the judging panel for the 2018 Girls Active Awards.


 Ruth Holdaway

Ruth is the Chief Executive of Women in Sport, the UK charity that works to ensure that every woman and girl can experience the transformational lifelong rewards of sport.

Named by the Independent as one of the 50 most influential women in sport, Ruth took up her role as Chief Executive of Women in Sport in November 2013.

 Ali Oliver

Ali is the Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport.

Ali joined the Youth Sport Trust in 2004. Prior to this, Ali was the Deputy Director of Sport at the University of Bath and Director of Netball. In this role Ali worked on the English Institute of Sport project and established the first full time netball programme in the country and the Team Bath franchise of the Netball Super League.

Ali was awarded the University prize for Innovation in Curriculum Design and Development for her work on academic programmes for full-time elite athletes. Before moving to the University of Bath, Ali was Head of PE at Millfield School, having started her career as a lecturer at the South East Essex VI College.


 Abbie Scott

Abbie Scott is a current England and Harlequins rugby player. Having played in World Cup and Premiership finals, Abbie is used to having to work hard and break the mould to become top in her sport and is passionate about all girls having the opportunities and confidence to pursue their own sporting dreams.

Abbie is very excited to be part of the YST Girls Active movement, which she believes is hugely important for the growth of girls sport and young leaders, as well as positively influencing the changing attitudes towards equality in sport.

 Sophie Hellyer

Sophie Hellyer is a writer, surfer, cold water swimmer, producer, environmentalist, feminist and public speaker.

Previously an English and British Champion surfer with an honours degree in marketing and a deep connection to the ocean, Sophie’s passion to create positive social change has led her to take a proactive approach in both protecting our oceans and empowering women.

Sophie’s work as a writer and outspoken feminist challenges the status quo of how women are represented in sports and emboldens the protest of like-minded women.

More judges to be announced soon