Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Statement - Sophie Hahn MBE

A statement regarding Sophie Hahn MBE.

Sophie Hahn wins gold at the 2017 IPC World Championships

Further to today’s DCMS Select Committee hearing, Miss Hahn would welcome the opportunity to provide evidence to the Committee at the appropriate time.

In May 2016 the IPC looked into the classifications of a number of British para athletes, including Miss Hahn. They concluded that, following detailed reviews including medical information, all the athletes were in the correct class, being a class for athletes with a co-ordination impairment that also encompasses cerebral palsy.

It is a huge credit to Sophie as a person that while she has been subjected to repeated baseless allegations of improper classification, she has focussed solely on continuing to improve as an athlete. Sophie is one of the hardest working athletes we have ever met and her fierce work ethic and determination to achieve excellence has been rewarded with multiple Paralympic and world titles.

With athlete welfare such a hot topic in sport today, it is distressing for any athlete who is in the correct class in Para sport to face such repeated and unfounded allegations.

Neither Sophie Hahn, members of her family, or team, will be making any further comment on this matter.

Ian Byers
Director, 17 Sports Management Limited
31 October 2017

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Lizzie Jones joins Team 17

We are proud and excited to announce that the Sporting Soprano, Lizzie Jones, will be represented by 17 Management.

Lizzie is a professional singer, actress and performer and has performed throughout the UK at many major sporting events, as well as on stage and screen, most notably when she sang the traditional hymn ‘Abide With Me’ live at Wembley Stadium ahead of the 2015 Super League Grand Final. Her performance subsequently reached No. 34 in the UK charts. Lizzie also performed on BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 as the solo guest singer and closing act, singing ‘Danny Boy’ which spent a week at the No. 1 spot in the classical charts. 

Alongside her musical performances, Lizzie continues to make lots of TV appearances and to work tirelessly on her Charity, the Danny Jones Defibrilator Fund. In 2016 Lizzie was voted the 'Inspirational Woman Of The Year' by viewers of ITV's Lorraine show.

Ian Byers, Director of 17 said; "Working with Lizzie represents a new venture for us at 17. We have been approached by a number of musicians in the past, asking us to work with them, which we have previously declined. However the opportunity to work with Lizzie, with her sporting connection, creates a lot of synergy for our business and we are looking forward to working with her".

Lizzie said "I couldn't be more excited to join #Team17 so I am super excited for the future and starting my journey with the fabulous team."

Lizzie is available to sing at events or provide an inspirational key note speech, suitable for any occasion. ​You can visit Lizzie's website for more information about her and if you would like to discuss working with Lizzie, please get in touch.

Watch Lizzie sing, the classic; Abide with Me and Jerusalem in the videos below.

Abide with Me


You can follow Lizzie on Twitter.