How long you have been canoeing/coaching/involved in the club ?
I started kayaking at Elmbridge canoe club in 2002 when I was 10. I had a big group of motivated girls and we trained hard and I worked my way up the ranks as a junior, attending training 10-12 times a week and was fast enough to represent GB at both marathon and sprint racing. I was lucky enough to race in the World Championships in Portugal in 2009 where I came 10th.
At what level do (did) you compete/coach with achievements.
I am currently working towards my Discipline Specific (level 2) Race coach award, I got my level 1 in 2012 and have been coaching at Elmbridge since 2008. I also help out on the Great Britain marathon trips including the European and the World Championships, so I am luckily enough to travel around Europe and the world as a coach, physiotherapist and former athlete.
I started helping out with the beginners’ groups when I was 16 and have been continuously working with the club since then, it is a passion of mine and a thanks to a club that has given me a lot. I have always helped coaching the beginners and junior groups and love to see the children and young adults I have coached progress through the groups and excel in the sport.
Why you do it?
I was lucky enough to have some amazing coaches as I was training and I want to give back to the canoe club, I just hope I can be half as good a coach as my coaches were to me.
As a physiotherapist I can bring my knowledge of anatomy and physiology to help my athletes and I co-write the winter training programmes for the beginners but also our elite junior athletes.