AN ESTEEMED Fellowship from one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise sciences networks has been conferred on Dr Kiara Lewis, Acting Head of Department of Allied Health Professions, Sport and Exercise, at the University of Huddersfield. 

Awarded by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the Fellowship acknowledges esteemed professional achievements, skills, knowledge and commitment to the sector. 

Dr Lewis has worked at the University within the School of Human and Health Sciences for 22 years and said she is honoured to have been named a BASES Fellow. 

“I am very honoured to receive such a prestigious award from an organisation that I have been a member of for over 20 years,” said Dr Lewis. 

“BASES have done so much to support sport and exercise education, research and practice, and to raise the profile and impact of sport and exercise science in the UK.” 

Dr Kiara Lewis collected her Fellowship award at the BASES Conference 2019.

Kiara began her career as a Physical Activity Development Officer promoting active lifestyles amongst the least active. 

This then continued through the European network HEPA 'Health Enhancing Physical Activity', where she created as part of a steering group the Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange (YoHPAKE) which aims to bridge the gap between research and practice in physical activity and sport. 

Locally, Dr Lewis is a member of the Everybody Active Executive Board, which provides leadership to the Everybody Active strategy.  Everybody Active is a partnership of organisations who are committed to making Kirklees a more active, healthier place to live and work.

The Rugby Football League have called on Dr Lewis’s expertise to help them improve welfare support for professional rugby league players and she has worked with Public Health England to understand and promote physical activity in overweight and obese children. 

Dr Lewis is a member of the editorial panel for the BASES publication 'The Sport and Exercise Scientist', a member of the organising committee for the BASES Heads of Department Forum and assists in chairing, presenting and judging entries at the annual BASES conference.

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