MEET THE TEAM

Our team are the best. We are like minded individuals who share the same goal. We bring energy, a can do attitude and a sense of fun to our lively community. If you think you could help us on our mission or would like to join our growing team, then get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.
Email: hello@shesportsswitzerland.com

LEYANNE JENKINS

CO-FOUNDER

About Leyanne

Leyanne has been working in sports events for what feels like a lifetime (14 years) ranging from the delivery of BMX at London 2012, various cycling World Cups to designing and delivering new event concepts; including taking a team of cyclists to the USA to race 1,950km from LA to Miami! She has a love of detail and is driven by delivering the best to ensure each event is of a world-class standard. Even through work takes Leyanne all around the world, her heart is in the Swiss mountains where she is happiest either sliding around, hiking or riding her bike, however, it’s not all about sport and you’ll also find her hunting out good coffee shops, eating cake or cooking up a feast! She also loves bringing people together and believes in the power of a connection - a huge driver behind setting up She Sports.

RACHEL SPRY

CO-FOUNDER

About Rachel

Rachel moved to Switzerland four years ago, after working on a range of sport events (such as London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and International rugby and football) and development initiatives for children and local communities. She has previously lived in countries such as England, Scotland, Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan and her roots are now planted in Lausanne. Rachel is currently working at the International Olympic Committee, managing Sport Operations with International Federations and Olympic Games host cities. In her spare time, you can find Rachel outside, on her bike, swimming or running. All of which are usually combined with consuming a lot of food and time with friends!

SAL WYATT

COMMUNICATIONS

About Sal

Sal spent 12 years working in sports marketing which involved flying around the world to some of the best sporting events on the planet (Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, Olympics, British & Irish Lions Tours) and calling it work. In 2016 she was promoted to her biggest job yet. Motherhood. She now has two mini humans, writes a blog @ LifeLemonaid.com(for her sanity and because of a fundamental belief that life is for squeezing) and delivers brand strategy and comms for brands she really cares about. She moved to Switzerland in 2018 where she is slowly getting back into running (she ran marathons in a past life), continues to work on her rusty French, rustier skiing and intends to add stand up paddle boarding to her armoury of skills now that she has one of the best lakes in the world on her doorstep.

SARAH VAN BALLEKOM

EVENTS

About Sarah

Sarah arrived in Lausanne in 2015, leaving a career as a commercial lawyer to pursue sports administration. After 4 years at the International Olympic Committee working on a variety of projects to benefit Olympians, and at a number of Olympic Games (Lillehammer 2016, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018), she quit her job to follow her best friend on a bike ride from Switzerland to China. Sarah rode for 6 months, traversing through 14 countries over 10,000km, while raising money for a local New Zealand charity, The Forward Foundation. Cycling through scorching deserts, raging head winds, and snow storms were the norm, and the mountain passes and camping was like nothing she had experienced before. She is currently eyeing up her next challenge.

LUCY HINCHEY

DIGITAL CONTENT

About Lucy

Lucy’s passion for sharing people’s stories through sports media and communications has seen her work for governing body’s Cycling Australia and Tennis Australia and at major events like the Commonwealth Games. In 2017 Lucy made the move from Australia to Europe with her fiancé while he competes around the world as a professional cyclist. Two years on, Lucy continues to build her professional network in both Australia and Europe, improve on her French and enjoys an endless summer.

RACHEL FENTON

TREASURER

About Rachel

Rachel is a recovering archaeologist now digging through spreadsheets and documents as a forensic accountant rather than in the dirt. Now she gets her dirt fix through her continued love of mountain biking, cyclocross and in fact since moving to Switzerland all other forms of outdoor activity. Rachel spent many years training and racing, culminating in racing for team GB at the mountain bike World Marathon Championships and now wants to give something back to the sporting world. When not enjoying the outdoors you can find her enjoying yoga at home with her long-suffering other half and two rabbits (Beryl and Bunn-Rita).

ELENA PERITO

SOCIAL

About Elena

Elena is our social media whizz and looks after our Instagram and Facebook accounts. She’s inspired by the capacity of sports to transcend diverse backgrounds and differences, particularly at events like the Olympics and the World Cup. She just moved back home to the U.S. after spending a year in France, and is overjoyed to be a part of the She Sports team alongside so many incredible women.

TINA SHARMA

COMMUNICATIONS

About Tina

Tina moved to Switzerland two years ago after spending a decade and a half covering major sports events around the world as a journalist - including the Olympic Games and Cricket World Cups. She has previously lived in Hong Kong, India and the Netherlands but has now taken to lakeside Lausanne like a fish to water. She currently works at the International University Sports Federation and loves giving a fillip to young sporting careers by telling their stories. Tina is passionate about travel, art, culture, tennis, youth sports… and about women working in sports! When not writing about sports, you can find her accompanying her two sons to tennis, golf and cricket training.

JADE DESCHENEAUX

EVENTS

About Jade

Jade, Montreal-native and California lawyer has been in Switzerland for almost 5 years. She interned for Warner Bros. in California and for the Lakers while completing her master in sports and entertainment law at UCLA before moving to Lausanne in 2014 to join the IOC legal team. A year later, she made the jump to the sports media industry and has been working for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 2015. Jade started skiing and figure skating at the age of 2 and has since then made sports an integral part of her life. When she's not ice skating or skiing, Jade dedicates her free time fighting for equal gender representation in the sports industry. She founded the Women in Sports Day at UCLA and has been heavily involved in the Gender Equality Focus Group at the EBU.

SALLY O’BRIEN

SOCIAL

About Sally

Australian-born Sally's first major sports event was the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, where she covered Cross-Country Skiing and Nordic Combined for the Olympic News Service. A travel writer in a former life, she loved her Olympic experience so much she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, the next year and has worked at numerous Olympic Games at Youth Olympic Games since, either for Organising Committees or the IOC itself. Now based at the World Air Sports Federation, Sally is passionate about gender equality and respect in the sports world, and is driven by a love of learning, process mastery and problem solving. A relatively new Swiss citizen, Sally has swapped her surfboard for a snowboard and can confirm that her children are much faster on the pistes than she will ever be, but that's no reason to stop.