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King Promotes Gender Equity at Conference
Emma Johnson

The opportunity to represent King School at the largest gathering in the world to advance gender equity and equality in sports and physical activity was “an experience I’ll never forget,” said King School’s Director of Student-Athlete Health Services Emma Jonsson. 

Jonsson presented at the eighth annual International Working Group (IWG) World Conference for Women and Sport, which took place in Auckland, New Zealand, from November 14-18. 

Jonsson’s presentation focused on how King School supports girls and young women in developing athletic and leadership skills. “I also discussed my goals for the future, including continued education for coaches and athletes with a focus on women-specific training and nutrition,” Jonsson said.

Athletics; Wellness; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are pillars of King School’s Strategic Plan. “These pillars are very near and dear to my heart,” said Jonsson, adding that the conference perfectly aligned with these strategic priorities.

Jonsson was able to participate in the conference as part of King School’s professional development program for faculty and staff. “The conference experience was educational, inspirational, and emotional. It was an experience I will never forget,” Jonsson said.

According to IWG, this year’s conference gathered 1,200 attendees in person and 500 connected remotely from 60 different countries to participate in the more than 220 sessions delivered by nearly 500 international presenters both in person and virtually.

International leaders, sports representatives, and young athletes shared this forum to express their concerns and future objectives during the conference.