parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE was crowned Wellness Champion at the inaugural Pure Package Wellness Awards at London’s BAFTA.
The Wellness Champion Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the British wellness industry and improved the health and wellness of others, and whose actions have reached a wide audience, achieved significant impact and created a legacy.
In presenting the Wellness Champion Award, Chair of the judging panel Jennifer Irvine said: “Paul has truly re-shaped the way we see running and fitness, bringing people together of all abilities and backgrounds, creating community on a local and global scale. Paul is a true champion of wellness. What really stood out to the judges is that he hasn’t charged anyone a penny along the way.”
Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who celebrated the accolade with parkrun enthusiast and Double Olympic Champion, Dame Kelly Holmes, said : “It is an absolute honour to be the first recipient of the Wellness Champion Award. Everything that we stand for at parkrun is about making the world a healthier and happier place. Being twelve years old this month, our impact so far has been mind blowing. However, this is nothing compared with our vision for the next decade. Every volunteer connected with parkrun will be thrilled to accept this award.”
The judging panel was made up of leading experts from health and wellness, including David Morton (Men’s Health Magazine), Suzanne Duckett (Tatler), Alisa Swidler (Town and Country) and Lauren Armes (Well To Do) along with nutritionist Eve Kalinik, trainer Dan Roberts and health and beauty director of Psychologies Magazine, Emine Ali-Rushton.
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