Ellie practising what she preaches
11:00am Sunday 30th September 2012 in Sport
Ellie Robinson has just left school and is working at Fishguard Leisure Centre as a trainee fitness instructor so she will be able to continue her belief that there is a sport or active leisure activity for everyone.
Ellie ended her studies at Ysgol y Preseli as one of their Young Ambassadors and really enjoyed her involvement in raising an awareness in school that there was so much more available than the traditional sports like hockey, netball, rugby, football and cricket.
To that end, Ellie promoted lots of other sports like badminton, street dance, volleyball and lots more after being invited to join the scheme run by Sport Pembrokeshire and operated in Ysgol y Preseli by 5x60 Officer, Elgan Vittle. After being selected by the games staff alongside Elgan she took the role on and one of the more memorable days came when the Olympic Torch was carried through Pembrokeshire. Ellie joined her fellow Young Ambassadors from Ysgol y Preseli and Ysgol Bro Gwaun in encouraging youngsters to try their hand at athletics.
“It was a great day for sport,” says Ellie.
“And it was amazing how many turned up to watch and then decided to take part in a whole range of activities.”
She is currently sidelined from sport after an operation on her knee following an injury sustained while playing rugby but aims to be back in action again, especially in hockey, as soon as she can. Ellie plays hockey in the Crymych Ladies’ team coached by Sara Evans, having played for her school and county at under-16 and under-18 levels as a left back. The new hockey season will soon be upon us and Ellie is hoping that she will be able to get back in the thick of things as soon as possible.
Ellie played rugby when Crymych had a team after starting out by playing tag rugby alongside the boys.
She is a hard-tackling centre and now that she is 18 she is going to play for Whitland Ladies again when she is back to full fitness.
Not content with that little lot, Ellie also played full back in football for Manorbier alongside the likes of Ffion Ashman, Angharad Jenkins and the Lewis girls, a team that was very successful and travelled a lot to matches.
Debbie Wise is currently trying to talk Ellie into resuming her career in football but she has decided to keep her options open on that one for the moment!
As further proof of her own willingness to practice what she preaches, Ellie is also a brown belt with Preseli Karate Club, and after just completing her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award she is off to Buckingham palace in November to receive it.
But now it is back to getting herself fit to start playing sport again and we at the Western Telegraph wish Ellie Robinson every success at Fishguard Leisure Centre, not only with regard to her work-related training but in encouraging as many people as possible to be involved in an activity.
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