OPEN Health cheers paralympian Stef Reid home at the world para athletics championships

Written by Hannah Rose on Thursday 3rd August 2017

Monday 24th April 2017 marked the launch of 'OPEN Health Conference' week for 2017.The 5 day event was an amalgamation of thought leadership, expertise sharing and company collaboration across the OPEN Health group. The event took place across all OPEN Health offices (Marlow, London, Runcorn, Newcastle, Chicago and Dubai) from Monday-Wednesday, culminating in all companies meeting at Center Parcs, Woburn Forest, UK, Thursday-Friday. This years ‘OPEN Health conference’ concept was #2017ASPIRE.

During the two days OPEN Health collectively spent at Center Parcs, we spent our time focusing on team-building exercises, an OPEN discussion of our vision, and internal recognition of the shining superstars of OPEN Health. To ensure we continually deliver the best results for our clients, we persistently make sure we are all on the same journey together – and this great event really added value to our group by cementing this.

On Friday 28th April, the #2017ASPIRE theme was further established, when the 'OPEN Health Conference' week was superbly closed by Paralympian and now World Champion, Stef ‘The Blade Stunner’ Reid. Stef gave an honest, humble and motivational speech that further backed the #2017ASPIRE notion, with the simple yet effective take-away message that “habit equals excellence”.

After hearing Stef speak at the ‘OPEN Health conference’, we felt passionate about supporting her in her performance at the World Para Athletics Championships. Therefore, on Saturday 15th July a gang of 16 OPEN Health employees, from various companies within the group, made their way to the London Olympic Park to cheer Stef on!

Stef was one of only 2 British athletes in the morning session, so the crowd really got behind her. She was brilliant at engaging the audience, encouraging them to cheer her on each time she took a jump - making everyone clap rhythmically. With OPEN Health in the audience, we like to think we played a part in driving her forward! Stef made it look a breeze, steadily improving her distance as the round progressed.

As quoted from The Telegraph “In jumping a winning distance of 5.40 metres, Reid was some way off her best, but she did not need to be. With France’s Paralympic champion Marie-Amelie Le Fur not competing, Reid knew she only truly had one rival for gold in the form of Dutchwoman Marlene van Gansewinkel. That Van Gansewinkel only surpassed 5.10m twice, compared to Reid on all six of her efforts, spoke volumes. The British veteran was without doubt the best in the world.”

It was an absolute honour for OPEN Health - both those in attendance and those of us supporting at home - to witness Stef put her simple yet effective mantra “habit equals excellence” into practice, and thus watch her secure her first GOLD MEDAL and the T44 Long Jump World Champion title.

From all of us at OPEN Health, we would like to show our gratitude for Stef Reid’s time and valuable contribution to the 'OPEN Health Conference' #2017ASPIRE event in May, whilst also applauding Stef on her well-deserved and thrilling gold medal and World Champion title win in July. Thank you and Congratulations, Stef! We will continue to practice “habit equals excellence” throughout the business.