Years in athletics: 12
Occupation: PGCE Student
Athletics involvement: Athlete, Official, Team Manager
I am currently in my PGCE year at the university of Wolverhampton, while working as a gym instructor, sports coach, recreational assistant and I also have my own class for individuals wishing to improve medical conditions such a high blood pressure or cholesterol through physical activity.
I started competing for my club at the age of 11 in mainly sprints up until the age of 21 since then I’ve taken a multi-disciplinary routine training and competing in hammer throw, high jump, discus, javelin and 100m. I started coaching a year after completing my BTEC in sport at the age of 18 to stay involved in the sport as I was injured at the time. I was awarded with volunteer of the year by England Athletics this year which has urged me to work harder and make a difference in the sport.
At my club (Wolverhampton and Bilston AC) I currently help coach U9, U11, U13 and U15s in multi-events with a strong team of coaches. I also work with local community trusts and the city council to get our coaches into schools and community centres to coach athletics in an attempt to make the sport much more popular in Wolverhampton. During competition season I help officiate or team lead in sports hall, triangular league and the young athlete’s league.
Aside from athletics I enjoy keeping physically active by going on bike rides, attending circuit classes, martial arts and going to the gym.
I joined the Youth Advisory Group to help make Athletics much more popular in the West Midlands so children and young adults have the opportunity to participate in the sport.