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Truro College Student becomes National Champion

Truro College Student - Debbie

Debbie Terry a Higher Education student studying FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness at Truro and Penwith College has become the National 'Teaching Exercise to Music' Champion by winning the British Colleges Sport CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition.

The competition comprised of an online theory exam, followed by regional heats where students had to plan and teach an exercise class to a group of individuals while being scored by a set of judges. The finals took place at the Football Association National Training Centre at St. Georges Park, where students had to teach an exercise class in front of a large audience and panel of judges. Debbie was named National Champion achieving an almost perfect score.

Debbie completed her Level 2 Exercise to Music training at Truro College, under the tutelage of Alison Collick. After qualifying, Debbie went on to utilise her qualification by becoming an Activator for Truro College's Health Wellbeing & Sport Programme. Here Debbie was given the opportunity to lead several sessions including 'Cardio Dance' and 'Fab Abs' as part of the enrichment programme that is provided for all College staff and students.

As an Activator Debbie was able to access further fitness qualifications for free to build up her portfolio and help her become more employable. She became a 'Fitsteps' (based on Strictly Come Dancing choreography) instructor in November 2013 and since then has been delivering two classes each week, as part of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme. These qualifications have complimented the modules on her degree programme and afforded her further opportunities to put into practice what she has studied so far.

Debbie said: "Being part of the professional CYQ competition has been inspirational, by meeting fantastic trainers and awesome competitors it has shown me what a skilled and diverse sector I am part of. I hope by winning I will inspire others to strive to their goals and be creative in their Exercise to Music qualification. I hope personally it will enhance my confidence in my abilities and see this as a first step on a very successful career".

Lora Millward from the Health Wellbeing & Sport team said, "We are all really proud of what Debbie has achieved this year, she was already a capable and confident instructor when she joined the Activator programme, but now she has had regular classes to lead at Truro College, it has built on her experience to lead exercise classes to the high standard required to compete at National Level, she truly deserves this accolade for all her hard work."

To find out more about the CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor courses in Exercise to Music/ Gym Based Exercise or CYQ Level 3 Personal Training by calling Truro College on 01872 265800

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