Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2019, I was enjoying my ‘gap year’ as Cabin Crew after graduating as a way to explore the world before settling into my long-term career choice of teaching. Prior to this I was a multi-sports coach specialising in dance, cheerleading and gymnastics; and special educational needs teacher working in a specialist school whilst undertaking my MSc.
I studied for both my MSc in Strength and Conditioning and BSc (Hons) Sports Science at the University of Salford and my specialist area of interest/research is Biomechanics within the Strength and Conditioning area. This area is also the topic I am currently researching as part of my PhD. It is particularly interesting to me because as a former competitive female athlete, I believe it is important to know how to optimise athletic performance taking into consideration the biological and biomechanical differences that are present.
I am a member of the UKSCA.
My specialist knowledge has led me to work with athletes from a range of elite backgrounds, aiding and improving their performance as an S&C coach or analysing their performance as a biomechanist. I have worked with youth athletes from GB Snowboarding, and GB Goalball, as well as football clubs such as Reading Women’s and Salford City.
My greatest accolade to date is having my undergraduate and postgraduate research presented at the NSCA conference in the United States.