I was a Great Britain international in both swimming and water polo and graduated in physical education and history from Warwick University. My career started in Coventry where I was involved in setting up the Coventry Sports Trust and managing a Youth Training Scheme, then progressed to sport development roles in a local authority, the Amateur Swimming Association and SCUK before moving to Derbyshire Sport where I worked from 2003 - 2007 when I joined the teaching team at Sheffield Hallam University.
I competed internationally for Great Britain in swimming and water polo and was a key figure in establishing water polo for women during the 1980s. Professionally, I worked for a voluntary sports trust in Coventry, a local authority Sports Development unit in Shropshire, and the Amateur Swimming association and Sports Coach UK which has given me a varied understanding of how sport is organised and managed. After leaving the workplace for a while to become a full time mother, I returned to the post of 'Voluntary Sector development manager at Derbyshire Sport before joining the teaching team at Sheffield Hallam University.
My involvement in sport has remained strong and I am now a member of the ASA Sport Board in addition to being chair of City of Sheffield Water polo club and an active coach at Sheffield Hallam Water Polo club. I still play water polo and play not only for a Masters team, but Sheffield Hallam where I have been a member of the BUCS gold medal winning team for two consecutive years. It is my studies here that have enabled me to do this and, as part of this, I am currently conducting research on adult participation in competitive sport.
Health And Wellbeing
Ready Steady Swim- Schools Swimming Volunteering Project
SDC, SC, SS
Currently teaching on:
Coaching Active Communities,
Sport, Coaching and Communities,
Sport and Physical Activity in a Community Context,
Developing Active Lifestyles
Currently researching competitive sport and older performers for MSc Dissertation
ASA Sport Board member
Water Polo Coach - Sheffield Hallam Mens Water Polo
Chair - City of Sheffield Water Polo Club
Chair - English Roses Masters Water Polo Club