If you had asked me on the first day of university what I wanted to do in the future, I would have said I wanted to be a Physiotherapist, with the dream of running out on the pitch at the Principality stadium, not to have a burning interest in strength and conditioning and the theoretical research side of sports science; with an aim of one day completing a PHD. Yet I have just graduated with a first-class honours’ degree in Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage, have been employed straight out of University and am saving to do a Masters and eventually a PHD. This is beyond my expectation and MORE. The support that I received from the lecturers within SCRAM was impeccable, both academically and pastorally and I could not have succeeded to the level that I have without their guidance, encouragement and at times, brutal (but kind) honesty.
Initially SCRAM was daunting, sports injuries and rehabilitation was mind boggling, I wanted to drop out and go home. I spoke with different lecturers and other students and chose to try and drag myself through first year. However, it turned out I didn’t need to drag myself, there was support and so many resources provided by Cardiff Met that made this difficulty so much easier. Throughout these challenging times, I found that I was beginning to have an increasing interest in the theoretical side of strength and conditioning, finding the science fascinating and that all the theory that I learnt from other modules all began to link and make sense. In my final year I found myself doing the sports rehabilitation module out of choice as well as strength and conditioning module and dissertation. SCRAM helped me to have the courage to enter this field as its predominantly male based however I had unwavering support which has enabled me to work with Ospreys rugby club, Cardiff Met RFC and be offered a job with Llanelli Scarlets Academy – all male teams!
Both my college years and Cardiff Met have taught me to never underestimate myself and relish any opportunity – this approach is what got me into employment straight out of university as a college Lecturer in sport back at Hartpury College.
But it’s not all academics and lectures – I fell in love with Cardiff as a city, its constant buzz and alive night life. I have met friends that I will have for life, made memories that I (can mostly) remember and found a love for research and strength and conditioning. I think it’s rare to find something you can do as a career, yet SCRAM has set me up to love any sporting job I go into as its empowered me with knowledge and an energy and drive to learn and push for excellence in everything I do.