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04th May 2018

"Looking back at myself at secondary school you would never have thought I’d be a Personal Trainer now. I was very out of shape, never took part in P.E, ate badly, had sweets and chocolate every day and had 2 litre of pop per day. Then at the age of 20 I had an accident where I suffered a brain injury.

 I spent a few years drifting, doing nothing and struggling, when my friend asked if I wanted to join the gym and train with him. I was amazed at the effect it had on me, I felt better, started to feel more confident and that’s when my passion for fitness started. It was more than just a physical thing though, I found it was a way to get the anger out and it gave my life structure and discipline.

Not long after starting training I started going to Second Chance, a brain injury rehabilitation centre to help with the cognitive side of my injury, but I found myself working out there and even assisting some of the members who were struggling. This was my lightbulb moment, I had always wanted to help people but never knew how until that moment.

I decided that I wanted to be a Personal Trainer. I worked with the occupational therapist to help me pre-study so I would feel confident during the course. I also began volunteering at Sun Lane Leisure Centre to give myself the practical experience I felt I needed to help me learn.

Once I felt comfortable I started my Level 1 and 2 at Wakefield College. Then it was onto my Level 3 which would allow me to be a Personal Trainer.

Still volunteering I started my Level 3 at Leeds City College, which was a very daunting task for me because my anxiety about getting there and back was huge. But after a while I was able to overcome this and pass my Level 3.

Now I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer and I’m coaching others who were once in the same position as me.  It’s very rewarding to help guide people back to confidence. Through the tough times I’ve experienced, I do feel that I am an example that anything is possible."