Meet the team

 

 

Louise Walker- Leeds Girls Can Project LeadLouise Walker- Leeds Girls Can Project LeadI have been part of the Leeds Development team for over 19 years. Starting out as a volunteer many, many years ago. Developing as a sports coach and fitness instructor to deliver within the community and schools enabled me to gain experience and knowledge to achieve a role as a Community Sports Officer. Over the past 10 years I have developed and led on a variety of different projects and initiatives. I have always had a passion for supporting women and girls from different areas of the city to find that one physical activity that they can enjoy. I see sport and physical activity as a catalysed to so many things such as meeting new likeminded friends, developing your skills, confidence and resilience. You will often see me at some of the ‘Leeds Girls Can' sessions and take overs, as I really enjoy meeting you all and finding out more about you. Another important part of my role within the Development team is to also support the LGBT+ community to get active.
Leeds Girls Can Activity Coach - Libby CotterLeeds Girls Can Activity Coach - Libby CotterSport has been a significant driver in my life, from a young age I have actively participated in a wide range of sports. Sport has provided me with opportunities to meet new friends and challenge myself on a regular basis. In 2011 I followed my dreams moving to Leeds, to study Sports Coaching at University. Leeds well and truly stole my heart!!! Back in 2015 I began to work as a casual coach for Leeds City Council supporting projects such as “Get on Track” as part of the Positive Futures offer, this then opened doors allowing me to get involved with Leeds Girls Can. My sporting passion is Basketball I have met many new friends through this particular sport. Having the opportunity to work with and inspire people through sport really excites!!
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Dani PenneyLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Dani PenneyI'm a sports enthusiast with a passion for helping people get active and lead a healthy lifestyle. I began coaching numerous sports whilst at university and developed a knack for motivating and inspiring others. My journey with Leeds Girls Can started as an employed member of staff where I felt a love for bringing women and girls together to reach their goals through exercise. I was so empowered by the women around me that I have since returned to Leeds Girls Can as a Volunteer Ambassador to continue being a part of the Leeds Girls Can family in my spare time and help support new opportunities within the programme. I have just moved to Allerton Bywater so #watchthisspace
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Emily AnkersLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Emily Ankers My name is Emily Ankers and I am student at the University of Leeds. I am a Leeds Girls Can Volunteer Ambassador and the in-house blogger. I am an avid climber, runner and gym goer. You might meet me at events, I will most likely be taking photos or asking you how you’re enjoying being involved with LGC. I might also pop up on social media with blog posts and event alerts. I love hearing about your experiences and would love to write about them so don’t be afraid to get in touch!
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Emma YoungLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Emma YoungI love being a Leeds Girls Can Volunteer Ambassador! I am a mother of two young boys aged 7 and 3. I am passionate about getting young people active by being a positive role model. My focus when it comes to the LGC initiative is family activity with a particular interest in running, cycling and Duathlons. I have recently challenged myself to learn to swim properly to keep up with my boys and I've just taken pary in my first GoTri Triathlon.
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Kirsty MidgleyLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Kirsty MidgleyI am a qualified British Cycling Breeze Ride Leader and the HSBC UK Breeze Area Coordinator for West Yorkshire. I am also the Event Manager of the Let’s Ride Pop Up events at the Brownlee Centre which runs twice a month. I'm passionate about challenging myself and having fun. Last year I cycled to Paris, completed my first half marathon, rowed across Lake Windemere with 3 incredible ladies dressed as Vikings, completed a triathlon, abseiled off the tallest building in Leeds and became a Yorkshire Warrior. As a Leeds Girls Can Volunteer Ambassador I would like to inspire other ladies to try to get on their bikes and feel the joy of the open road.
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Susan CunninghamLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Susan CunninghamI’m excited and proud to be a Leeds Girls Can Ambassador. I am a dance and chair based exercise instructor working with the elderly and young people on the Leeds Girls Can young ambassador programme. I have a huge passion for inspiring people to get active and try new sports. I enjoy everything from having a boogie in the kitchen to my sporting loves which include Dancing, Tennis, Running and Roller Skating!!
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Liz Stephensen-PayneLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Liz Stephensen-PayneI am a Leeds Girls Can Volunteer Ambassador, as I am retired I see the importance for me to put a lot of focus on the over 55's. I started with Leeds Girls Can running group at Middleton Park to help me get fit after a serious accident and was impressed how fun friendly and inclusive the sessions where. Since becoming an Ambassador I've helped with running groups, organised walks and hikes and am now teaching Chair Based Exercises to groups around Leeds. I am keen to get ladies who are +55 gorgeous out and about, meeting other ladies oh and by the way getting fitter.
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Jenny GadsbyLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Jenny GadsbyIn 2007 I had never stepped foot in a gym and didn’t even own a pair of trainers! I started my fitness journey just walking 10-15 minutes a few times a week, but soon discovered a love of activity. In 2013 I retrained as a PT and love helping ladies find exercise which makes them feel strong and empowered. I am now starting a whole new journey, as I am expecting my 1st child in February 2020. Staying active in pregnancy has been much harder than I thought, but I am definitely feeling the benefits.
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Shannon PageLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Shannon PageI am studying Sport and Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University. I participate in football and enjoy attending the gym. I try to get involved with as much sport as possible. I am a huge advocate and believer that living an active lifestyle will benefit the physical, mental and social factors in an individuals life.I became involved with Leeds Girls Can through completing my university work placement with the Active Leeds Team. I fell in love with the work they do under the Leeds Girls Can remit and the inspirational stories I heard from the women I met along the way. My role with Leeds Girls Can will be to spread the word about how important active participation is and encourage other female’s to take part. I am proud to be a part of the Leeds Girls Can team!
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Shannon TarandijLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Shannon TarandijI am studying sport psychology at Leeds Trinity University and also do judo and boxing in my free time. I train monthly with the Yorkshire judo squad and through them I've fought in the Sindelfingen international in Germany and got silver representing Yorkshire and Humberside. I am passionate about all sports but especially combat sports and I am extremely proud to be a female taking part in what are usually seen to be male dominated sports. I am inspired by all Women and I hope to inspire others too.
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Tess Hornby-SmithLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Tess Hornby-SmithTess loves dancing but says she is more enthusiasm than actual technique! She does a weekly street dance and a body positive class called Phat'nPhunky both with Kat. She's also been going to RJC Adult Community Dance class for nearly two years and have even performed with them at the West Yorkshire Playhouse a couple of times - WHAT A STAR!! Tess's ethos is very much do what you love! If you try an activity and don't like it, then it doesn't matter. Try it with a different instructor, try a totally different class - there will be something out there for you! This is what makes Tess a great Leeds Girls Can Volunteer Ambassador
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Vikki AthertonLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Vikki AthertonI am very passionate about general health and wellbeing, movement and being active, forms a major part of all of mental and physical wellbeing so I like to cycle, practice lots yoga (with being a AYM therapist and yoga teacher) , cycle and run. I started out with going for a self-conscious 10 minute jog which escalated to abandoning all the self- doubt & taking part in Park Run, various 10k's, half marathons to completing Paris marathon in 2019. My philosophy? If I can do it, anyone can - just go for it! I am passionate about making everyone feel they can take part in sports and movement and they don't have to fit into any box. It's about feeling good over what it looks like - feel it in your body!
Leeds Girls Can Ambassador- Nazneen SaeedLeeds Girls Can Ambassador- Nazneen SaeedI was never into sports, or any kind of physical activity when I was younger. In fact I was that girl in high school who took 30minutes to change into her PE kit! A few years ago I went through a tough time which resulted in me doing very little but then after 18 months I made the decision to attend Zumba. From that moment exercise became a positive outlet and my safe space. So the moment the opportunity was presented to me to qualify as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, I grabbed it with both hands and haven’t looked back since. From personal experience I understand the impact of physical activity on mental health and champion mental health alongside a healthier lifestyle.