Ice Hockey | Japan
Haruka Takashima is an elite Japanese Ice Hockey athlete who played professionally in Europe. As a high school freshman, Haruka was selected as a member of the Japan Women’s National Team. She has competed in numerous international competitions, including the Ice Hockey World Championships and a 2006 Winter Olympics qualifier, where she was the youngest member of the team and awarded MVP. Haruka studied at the elite Waseda University, graduating with a degree in Sports Science. While at Waseda, Haruka was awarded the prestigious “Azusa Ono Memorial Award”. Upon graduation in 2010, Haruka moved to Europe to play professionally with top teams in the region. From 2015 to 2017, Haruka worked with the Japan Olympic Committee’s Career Academy Department, providing career transition support for elite athletes. Currently, Haruka works for the Japan Sport Council, promoting sports participation in Japan. She is also an experienced sports commentator, including for the Olympic Games, and lectures on topics such as career development for athletes.
Senior Consultant, Sports Law Practice | KhattarWong LLP
MENTOR | IWF Singapore
Annabel Pennefather is currently a Senior Consultant in Withers KhattarWong's Sports Law Practice. Annabel's legal career spans more than 30 years and includes being elected Vice President of the Law Society of Singapore. Prior to entering the legal profession in 1972, Annabel was well known for her sporting achievements as a national field hockey player. She represented Singapore from 1964 to 1980, captaining the national team for more than 10 years. In addition to practicing law, Annabel chose to become involved as a sports administrator in national and international sports federations including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). She has been honored for her dedication to sports diplomacy, receiving the IOC Award for Outstanding Sports Administrator in 1990. Annabel is also a trailblazer for women in sports, having been the first woman elected to the SNOC Executive Committee and its first woman Vice President. She was also the first woman President for the Singapore Hockey Federation and first Asian woman elected Vice President of the International Hockey Federation. Annabel has worked tirelessly to increase women and girls participation in sport, receiving the IOC Women and Sport Trophy for Asia in recognition of her activism. She is currently President of the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Judicial Commission and was for 12 years Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. She has served as Chef de Mission for Singapore's contingents at a number of major multi-sport international Games. She has also served as a Board Member of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee and a Steering Committee Member for the 2015 SEA Games. For all her voluntary work, Annabel was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2001 and the Public Service Star in 2012.