IAPCO Session for IMEX Community Day – Friday 16 October 2020

Olympians and Meeting Professionals – not so different after all

Time: 11:00 ET
Panos Tzivanidis, Director at International Olympic Committee – Corporate Events & Services
Vicky Thornley, Olympic Athlete, Team GB – Rowing

Ori Lahav, IAPCO President, VP Client & Operations, Kenes Group

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We too often think about the impact that change has on our own organisations and clients. In this Webinar, you will learn first-hand from an Olympic Medal winner how she has dealt with the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, how she has adjusted her training regime, mental preparedness and focus to re-prepare for 2021. You will also learn from the Director at the International Olympic Committee what it takes to ensure that the event must go on. So be prepared to leave this session with a completely unique, fresh and energised perspective.


Vicky Thornley

Vicky Thornley made history by winning a silver medal in the double sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Katherine Grainger. Vicky, a 6ft 3in former model, was first spotted as having potential in rowing by Sir Steve Redgrave’s ‘Sporting Giants’ talent programme in 2007. Success came quickly and Vicky went from never having sat in a boat to becoming Under-23 World Champion just eighteen months later in the women’s eight – the first GB women’s eight to win a gold medal at a world championship.

Since then, Vicky has proved her versatility and strength in both rowing and sculling, stroking the women’s eight to bronze at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, competing in the single scull in 2013 and 2014, and qualifying to compete in the double scull for the 2016 Olympics soon after.

In 2017 she became European Champion and world silver medallist in the single scull. The following year, she suffered with over training and missed the world championships. Fighting her way back to full fitness in 2019, she finished 4th in the world, and for the first time in twenty years, qualified the women’s single scull for the Olympic Games. Her eyes are now firmly set on her third Olympics in 2021.

Alongside her rowing commitments she is continually developing her post rowing career. She recently qualified as a Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is currently studying with the Institute of Leadership and Management in Coaching and Mentoring.


Panos Tzivanidis
Director at International Olympic Committee – Corporate Events & Services

Panos Tzivanidis is the Director of Corporate Events & Services for IOC, widely known for the Organisation of the Olympic Games. Panos and his team are responsible for a large variety of activities including all events organised by the IOC worldwide as well as all accommodation needs, travel, accreditation, and the Olympic Club; the main and exclusive hospitality area for the Olympic family, heads of states, their top VIP and dignitary guests.

He joined IOC in 2013 after having spent two years as the Head of Travel & Conferences for UEFA, widely known for the organisation of the Champions League and previously having spent 11 years with SWIFT, organiser of Sibos. His profession has allowed him to travel to the four corners of the world and Panos is a great believer of the power of networking amongst the people in the events/conference/exhibition/association industry.