Director of Coaching
Coaching level: High Performance Coach (HPC)
How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?
I went to a holiday camp at Staveley gymnastics club when I was 7 years old on a recommendation and then was invited to join one of their squads. I was initially an artistic gymnast until my coach realised I couldn’t see the vault when I was running towards it, so sent me to the acrobatics squad, which I then competed in for 15 years.
I started coaching when I was 13 years old and went through the coaching levels along with my training. After I completed my sports science degree, I became a full-time coach at the club, completing my High-Performance coaching qualification at 24 years old and was promoted to Director of Coaching when I was 28.
What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?
Everyone at the club is so passionate about what we do. I love seeing the smiling faces of the children as they come through the door and seeing how they develop over their sessions and the fun that they have. I feel proud of all our coaches and gymnasts regardless of the level that they achieve and obviously watching our elite performers win International medals is just the icing on the cake.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I don’t have much time away from the gym, but when I am home, I like to socialise with my family and friends. A trip to a theatre is always my go-to treat.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I was on Blue Peter when I was a gymnast and still have my Blue Peter badge!
And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?
Hmmmm…. Both really- I grew up with dogs and cats, and guinea pigs and rabbits!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have animals now (although my children desperately want a dog), my schedule means that it would be difficult- but maybe some time in the future.