As well as studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies and looking after her three boys, Dawn Chadwick gives up her valuable weekends to run a voluntary trampoline club for children and adults of all physical abilities.
Second year student Dawn, from Lymm, was a taekwondo athlete for Great Britain before returning to her first passion, trampolining.
“After working as a sports coach with a summer camp I recognised there wasn’t any provision for children to do trampolining outside of the camp. My trampolining course was always in high demand in the centres I taught in, so much so that the company director increased the amount of courses offered to the children. I am really proud to be able to use the training and opportunities I had been given as a teenager and give back to my local community.”
Dawn set up Cheshire Trampoline Club three years ago and it has gone from strength to strength. The club has 72 gymnasts who train weekly, and there is a waiting list of over 80 children looking for places. She also holds an adults’ session for recreational fitness, returning to the sport or trying something new.
Over the last three years she has coached a disabled gymnast to two British finals achieving superb results in all of the qualifying competitions. Another gymnast she coached reached the national school finals, narrowly missing out on the gold, and also made it to the regional team finals.
She has recently developed a leadership course in-conjunction with British Gymnastics to help young gymnasts who want to become more involved with their club. As well as helping them grow and develop, the course can be used as evidence in GCSE subjects.
“I support children doing GCSE PE by coaching their syllabus to an A* standard which some PE teachers are unable to do as it is a specialist sport,” said Dawn. “I have recruited a further three coaches who work with me voluntarily to enable more children to enjoy our sport.
“When I found out I has been awarded a scholarship I was elated. I run my club voluntarily and never look to gain any reward other than seeing my gymnasts succeed in any of their goals.”
In the future, Dawn aspires to engage at a professional level within GB sports or teach primary education. She is applying to study a Masters in Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health as well as a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS.
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