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International Sports Coach visits PE Department

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Ex-Long Road student Hayley Ginn visited the Sports Centre in December to discuss her career to date with Chris Cope (Course Team Leader – PE) and Nigel Ballard (Head of Department – Sport, PE and Healthcare).  Nigel reports:

Hayley achieved a first class B.Sc. (Hons.) in Sport and Exercise Science at Anglia Ruskin University, then completed a Masters degree and set up her own company – CarbonMotion. Stressing the importance of gaining coaching qualifications and voluntary work experience, Hayley explained how she then went on to work for British Athletics, specialising in helping athletes with disabilities.

When asked about her professional highlights to date, Hayley responded: “Working with sprinter Johnny Peacock in the lead-up to the 2012 Paralympics, and his subsequent gold medal success was a fantastic experience for me.  I am now coaching Richard Brown, a US Paralympian, who recently won the IPC 100m and 200m titles in the World Championships in Doha (2015), twice breaking the world 100m Paralympic world record.”

Hayley had interrupted her busy schedule to share her experiences with us before flying out to the Paralympic Coaches Conference in Colorado Springs.  She is also preparing for Richard’s competitions in Japan and USA during 2016, with an eye on the Rio Olympics.

Hayley was most complimentary about her time at Long Road, especially the longer-term positive impact of studying PE A level. When asked to reflect on her time at the College, and what advice she would give to current students thinking about a career in sport, Hayley recommended: “Work hard, take all the opportunities open to you. Commit to a project and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be proactive and make the most of what is on offer.”

The full interview between Hayley Ginn and Chris Cope was videoed and edited by Applied Media students Grace Thompson and Sam Heavens to help current and future PE and Applied Sport students considering a career in sports coaching.