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!

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.

BROOKE NOLAN

COMMUNICATIONS

About Brooke

By day you’ll find Brooke working at the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) as marketing manager, but at the weekends you’ll find her hiking and camping in the mountains, or writing about adventure and conservation. Never sporty as a kid, a four-day hike on the Inca Trail for her 30th birthday resulted in an ongoing love for ‘walking slowly away from people’. She’s now completed multi-day hikes in Africa, Argentina, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe, and will soon to complete a cross country skiing expedition across the Norwegian arctic. Brooke is passionate about the power the outdoors can have on mental health, confidence, and resilience. British by birth, she moved to Switzerland from Australia in mid 2019.

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.

TANYA KINI

COMMUNICATIONS

About Tanya

Tanya's love for sport spawned from her time sitting with her grandfather and reading out the scores for him. From cricket to tennis and football or Formula 1, Tanya has worked on both sides of the sports media fence and even rubbed shoulders with Olympic medallists and the like. She moved to Switzerland from India to pursue her Master's in International Affairs and is currently working towards (hopefully) a more inclusive conversation on gender and sexuality in sport. One can always find her browsing through her favourite social media channels to keep up with all the latest sports news and memes.

SAMEER Janmohamed

EVENTS

About Sameer

All the way from his hometown near Vancouver, Canada, Sameer has been living in Switzerland for 2 years. His passion for working in the sports industry was kickstarted by an internship with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. After this, Sameer went on to work on a community-wide legacy programme from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2017, Sameer came to Switzerland to pursue his Master of Sports Administration degree at the AISTS and graduated in 2018. Sameer is keen on using his existing events and programme development experience, while sharing his passion to inspire others and using sport as a platform to connect and bring people together- the perfect recipe for a great addition to the She Sports team!

RIDA AHMED

EVENTS

About Rida

Rida arrived in Lausanne in 2018 to complete a Master in Sports Administration at AISTS. She was awarded the Future Female Leader scholarship, and her passion for making sport an inclusive and attractive industry for women is what drove her to join SheSports. Prior to moving to Switzerland, she was based in Canberra working in international projects and governance for the federal government, as well as volunteering at sporting events including FIH Champions Trophy and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Born in Pakistan and brought up in Australia, Rida harbours a strong love for field hockey and cricket. She is currently completing her internship at the International Olympic Committee, working in Athlete Relations and Engagement.

LUCY HINCHEY

COMMUNICATIONS

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 husband as he competes around the world as a professional cyclist. Three years on, Lucy continues to build her professional network by working in sport in both Australia and Europe, improve on her French and enjoys an endless summer.

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.

Surbhi Kuwelker

EVENTS

About Surbhi

Surbhi is a lawyer who grew up by the sea in bustling Mumbai on the Indian west coast playing different sports. After balancing sports law work along-side clerking for the Indian Supreme Court's Chief Justice and while an M&A, capital markets and disputes associate at a corporate law firm, she found herself back in the field full-time on finding Ultimate frisbee. Initially as legal counsel, then national team manager and national team athlete for India and Switzerland herself, she moved to Lausanne in 2018 where she received the AISTS master in sports administration graduating top of her class. She is passionate about diversity, inclusiveness and sustainable revenue in sport, and in particular, gender equity, volunteering her time across different projects in this space.

INGRID ARKESTEIJN

EVENTS

About Ingrid

Ingrid happened to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 while on holiday in Australia and liked it so much that she has been work for major sport events ever since. Working for multi-sport events has allowed Ingrid to live in many great places, such as the Gold Coast, Baku, London, Rio, Doha, Torino, Manchester and off course Sydney. Originally from the Netherlands, Ingrid now lives in Lausanne with her husband and two kids, runs her own consultancy company and is making her move into mixing the exciting world of Virtual Reality and events. Ingrid was a keen field hockey player in the past and although not playing anymore this is still her favourite sport to watch at an event.