Participation team

Name: Heather Douglas

What I do: Strategic Lead: Participation

Name: Craig Blain

What I Do: Development Lead Officer: Physical Activity

How I got here: One step at a time – an inspirational PE teacher, supportive parents and a love of helping people see the benefits of being active have brought me on a varied journey through the Private Health & Fitness sector, National Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sports Partnerships to sports coach UK today.

Greatest Achievement in Coaching: I am proud of all the participants I am able to coach for their commitment to a more active lifestyle. My greatest achievement is providing the “something” they choose to commit to.

Sporting Hero: Max Woosnam, greatest sportsman who ever lived, look him up!

Name: Liz Burkinshaw

What I Do: Development Lead Officer: Participation

How I got here: through hard graft, challenging myself, taking risks and trying new things, being creative and a little bit of luck.

Greatest Achievement in Coaching: Working in outdoor education helping young people find their confidence and overcome their fears in activities like abseiling, high ropes 'leap of faith', bush navigation, tree climbs and wild camping.

Sporting Hero: All the volunteer coaches who turn up every week and provide super dooper engaging and inspiring sessions that helps people be a better version of themselves.

Name: David Turner

What I do: Development Lead Officer: Children

How I got here: Loughborough University, then association for Physical Education where Professor Margaret Talbot OBE gave me my first opportunity in the sector, something and someone I will never forget.  Then onto sports coach UK as Schools Lead and now Children, Schools and Safeguarding Lead.  Now I’m also back in Loughborough coaching javelin at the university and part of the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme.

Greatest Coaching Achievements: My highlight has been part of the England Team attending the Finnish Javelin Carnival.  To be immersed in a town and country where your sport is king is a unique feeling, but to do it whilst the 1991 World Champion is catching real javelins at the 50m line is truly surreal.

Sporting Hero: It has to be Steve Backley- the only athlete to win medals at 3 successive Olympics, 4 times European Champion during the Golden age of javelin and in a sport where Europeans traditionally rule the world, former World Record Holder, Shoulder range the likes of which we may not see again and a British Record, that if we ever see broken, would be the highlight of my coaching career.

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