Happy #ThrowbackThursday everyone!
This week, we’ll be catching up with our former student Sophie Straw who studied Physical Education, Mathematics and Biology at Winstanley College between 2012 and 2014. Earlier this year, she impressively saw off stiff competition to secure a prestigious Physiologist position within the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
Sophie’s role primarily involves working closely with the British Cycling multi-disciplinary team and ‘World Class Programme’; monitoring athletes, conducting physiological tests, carrying out project work and assisting other practitioners and coaches with data analysis and feedback.
After leaving Winstanley College with fantastic results in 2014, Sophie studied Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University, graduating with a First in the summer of 2018. Determined to stand out from the crowd even further, Sophie coached Netball for Loughborough’s recreational sport programme during her first two years at university and also worked voluntarily as a performance analyst for Netball Superleague team Loughborough Lightning.
During her third year, Sophie undertook a year-long unpaid work placement at the EIS in Loughborough. The placement was a supportive physiology role working predominantly with British Athletics and British Triathlon. Before her placement began, she was invited to assist with a period of heat acclimation for Team GB’s Paralympic wheelchair athletes in preparation for Rio 2016. Her fascinating year with EIS also included: supporting British Athletics’ altitude programme, travelling to other EIS sites to assist with sports such as GB Boxing and British Cycling whilst also conducting her own research project using an Anti-Gravity treadmill.
Congratulations on all your fantastic achievements Sophie…You are Winstanley!
Calling all former Winstanley students! We’d love to know what you’re up to! Why not drop us a line and tell us about your journey since leaving college.
Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for all the latest news from Winstanley College including the next edition of #ThrowbackThursday.