The following speakers already confirm they will take part in the World Coaching Conference.

Allistair McCaw

World-renowned Sports Performance Consultant and Mindset Coach. Over the past 24 years, he has worked with numerous Olympians, Paralympians, World Champion Athletes and no less than 11 Grand Slam Champions. 

An author of three books, “7 Keys to Being A Great Coach”, “Champion Minded”, and “Becoming a Great Team Player”, he is also an International keynote speaker and podcast host.


 Lars Uhre

Lars is one of the most accomplished badminton coaches worldwide, having worked with the Danish, Finnish, Dutch and New Zealand national teams, as well as being head coach of the International Badminton Academy.

With Denmark, he served as head coach from 2010 to 2016. Notable successes with the Danish team include the Thomas Cup triumph in 2016; Olympic silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2016; and nine medals at World Championships from 2006 to 2015. On top of this there are numerous International titles that he guided Danish players to.

Lars has a Bachelor Degree in Sport and English from Copenhagen University.

Zhao Yunlei

Zhao Yunlei’s exceptional abilities saw her finish her career as one of the most accomplished players ever – two Olympic gold medals and five World Championships wins, among the several titles she picked up in her career.

Zhao’s assured presence at the net, with her astute reading of the game, helped her win tournament after tournament with Zhang Nan in mixed doubles and Tian Qing in women’s doubles. She became the only player to win two gold medals at the same Olympics; and the only player to achieve a double in two successive World Championships. Zhao is currently coaching the China women’s doubles team.

 Kim Myo Jung

Kim has been involved in development of Para badminton in Korea for over 20 years. Currently the Head coach of Korea’s Para-Badminton National Representative Team, Kim has coached Korean athletes to no less than 30 world and International titles, particularly in the Wheelchair Sport Classes.

 Kim has a Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Education, is a part time lecturer and is the author of the book “Basic Theory and Practice of Badminton for the Disabled”

Penny Briscoe OBE

Penny Briscoe OBE is the Director of Sport at the British Paralympic Association (BPA) Penny was Chef de Mission of the Great Britain Paralympic teams at Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 and will again assume that duty at Tokyo 2020. Before joining the BPA she was Senior National Coach at British Canoeing for Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Penny has been instrumental in supporting the achievements of British Para sport athletes to challenge perceptions and break down barriers, and is a leading voice in the development of Para sport and Great Britain’s success at the Paralympic Games.

 Dr. Yun-Dih (Wendy)     Chia Smith

Dr. Yun-Dih (Wendy) Chia-Smith is a clinic lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education, Loyola University Maryland, where she has been teaching since 2012. Dr. Chia-Smith received her B.S. in Psychology from National Chengchi University, Taiwan in 1991, and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004.

Dr. Chia-Smith’s research interests span from educational psychology, child development, science of learning, sport psychology and coach education.

Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden

Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden is an associate professor in Exercise Physiology and currently the Head Department of Sports Studies at Universiti Putra Malaysia.  She is the Chairperson of International Society of Performance Analysis of Sports Asia and committee of Sports and Medical Commission of Badminton World Federation.  Her current research interest is on Talent Identification in Badminton and is working closely with HAN University of Applied Science of Netherland and Ghent University of Belgium. 

Johan Pion

Johan Pion is professor of Talent Identification and Development in sports at HAN University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He obtained his doctoral degree in Health Sciences in November 2015 at Ghent University in Belgium, with the study entitled ‘The Flemish Sports Compass, From sport orientation to elite performance prediction’. For over 25 years he has been making his knowledge available to the Belgian gymnastics community. He leads the research conducted by the expertise team on the early identification and development of talent in sports.


      Stewart Kerr


Former Scotland international player Stewart Kerr holds degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and in Rehabilitation Science (Physio). His areas of expertise include spinal manipulation, acupuncture and sports massage. He is passionate about helping players in rehabilitation after injury, as well as in injury prevention.



Niels Christian Kaldau


Former Danish national player Niels Christian is based in the Orthopaedic Research Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Niels Christian is a specialist in the field of orthopaedic surgery, particularly in the areas of shoulder, hip and knee surgery.