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The Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards – Meet the Winners!

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Winners announced at the inaugural Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023 in association with Natal Active.


The awards recognise those supporting women to become or remain active during pregnancy and beyond.


Over 400 nominations received

Over 700 votes registered for the publicly voted ‘Woman of the Year’ and ‘Product of the Year’ Awards

Judged by high profile panel bringing together years of industry expertise

Hosted by Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott



The Active Pregnancy Foundation has today proudly announced the winners of the UK’s first ever Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards, an event which celebrates the people, places, products and programmes that support women to remain active in their pregnancies and to shine a spotlight on the many physical and mental health benefits of women staying active throughout pregnancy and beyond.


The charity invited those who work with pregnant & postnatal women to nominate themselves or others, culminating in a glitzy ceremony held at 10 Union Street, London. Winners represented the inspiring professionals and organisations who demonstrate good leadership, best practice, innovation, and research.


The Winners


People Category - Sponsored by This Girl Can


Pre- & Postnatal Instructor

Mother Athlete

Ultra Runner, Sophie Power

Sports Practitioner

Perinatal Practitioner

Researcher

This Mum Movers Ambassador

Woman of the Year


Places Category Sponsored by Towergate Health & Protection


Organisation

Operator


Products Category - Sponsored by Vitabiotics Pregnacare


Product of the Year

Why Did No One Tell Me? How to protect, heal and nurture your body throughout motherhood

A book written by Emma Brockwell


Programmes Category - Sponsored by Move Consulting


Online Workout Programme

Class

Delivered by Rebecca Masters

Community Initiative of Project

Delivered by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership

Campaign

Delivered by This Girl Can


The APF also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jacque Gerrard MBE.

Winner - Jacque Gerrard


About the Awards


The APF Awards 2023 is the first of its kind, highlighting the work of The Active Pregnancy Foundation and those who support pregnant and postnatal women.

The charity’s vision is to create a society where all women are empowered to be physically active in their childbearing years in a way that works for them.

Despite the many physical and mental health benefits our research shows 3 in 4 women miss out on these benefits every year![1]


Winners Ben Wilson, Kate Dale and Claire Edwards from This Girl Can


Winner Rebecca Masters (centre) with shortlisted nominees Laura Stewart (left) & Bridget Flynn (right) from Mamma Swim


Sally Kettle, CEO The Active Pregnancy Foundation says,


“The APF Awards 2023 were a huge success; we really couldn’t have anticipated the level of support and engagement we’ve received from the healthcare and fitness industries, as well as the public. It’s especially important to us as we’re a relatively new kid on the block, having only established the charity in 2020.


Everyone who entered has had a positive impact on pregnant and postnatal women and their engagement with physical activity, and that should be applauded. The quality of the nominations were extremely high, and I know the judges found it very difficult to choose between them. We want to celebrate the achievements of all the shortlisted nominees and pass on our congratulations to the winners. These are the people who truly demonstrate best practice in our field, proving to be role models for professional practice now and in the future. We can’t wait to bring the Awards back in 2025… so watch this space!”


The Judges


Our esteemed panel judged the nominations.


Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi - Channel 4 TV Doctor & RCGP 'Lifestyle & Physical Activity Lead'

Kate Dale - Director or Marketing, Sport England. Stand-Up Comedian, Behaviour Change Campaigner & Campaign Lead for #ThisGirlCan

Midwife Pip- Midwifery Sister, Speaker & Publisher

Baz Moffat - Former GB Rower & Founder The Well HQ

Caroline Crowe - Pre- & Postnatal Instructor, Fitness Tutor & Assessor

Melanie Stephenson-Gray – Former International Athlete, APF ‘Mother Board’ Member & Diabetes Advocate


Awards Event Images


High Res photographs are available upon request. To see the images head to our website


All images copyright Tasha Best [1] Active Pregnancy Foundation - Annual Survey, June 2022

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