Welcoming Graham Williams to the EP Team

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I would like to welcome Graham to the EP Team, he is definately going to be an asset to the Team, and I know that all of you, as clients will benefit from his experience, knowledge and passion for his work. I thought the best way to introduce him was to get him to write a blog so here it is…

Over the next few months Graham will start to take some of the courses, and looking further ahead he will begin to do some one to one training…Welcome Graham to Energised Performance!

 

I have been asked by Kim to write a quick article about myself, where I’m from, how I got to be working with Energised Performance, why I keep popping up at Energised Performance events and what my future plans are. These are the questions that I often get asked by EP clients!!

So, I’m a Bristol guy through and through, minus the West Country accent and have lived in the north of the city all my life. I have an awesome family around me and am very close to my parents and older brother, who now works for IPC Media in London and is making good strides in the photography world.

I’m sports and fitness fanatic, and spent all of my childhood on the sports field: in the winter playing rugby for North Bristol RFC and Bristol School Boys and in the summer playing cricket. It was with the bat and ball I flourished and have had some amazing opportunities and experiences along the way.

I played for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club throughout my teenage age years and before I went to University, representing the county from U13’s to Academy level and right through to the county’s 2nd team; training and playing with the club’s professional squad. Throughout this time I was also lucky enough to be selected for England regional squads, touring the West Indies, playing against teams in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago and playing in festivals throughout the country; experiences that will never leave me.

I also represented full England squads, notably at U’18s playing a series of matches against Bangladesh. In my gap year I was able to use my cricket skills to play in New Zealand for the summer and captained an Academy team with players from England, Zimbabwe, South Africa and New Zealand.

Fortunately whilst I was passionate and successful with my cricket, I also have a love for health and fitness. First as a means to play cricket at the highest level, but after suffering a ruptured ankle ligament two years ago and having an ATL reconstruction, as a means of rehabilitation and now enjoyment and employment.

I graduated this summer with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science from the nationally and international renowned Loughborough University. I’ve had an amazing 3 years there, being educated on the impact of exercise on disease risk, on immunity, on physiological and psychological wellbeing and on sports performance, from lecturers who have sat on International Olympic Councils and scientific boards for Lucozade and Gatorade.

It is the combination of practical experiences in sport and exercise and the theoretical background from my studies at Loughborough that have fuelled my desire to work in the health fitness industry.

In my 2nd year at Loughborough I sent emails to numerous fitness companies in Bristol. Luckily Kim sent a positive reply and I got my first taste of the fantastic work that EP does with their clients when I worked as a Fitness Trainer on the May, Italy Energy Camp. My interactions and work with the clients was amazing and the efforts and capabilities of all involved were brilliant.

The positive feedback I have received and the good relationship I have built up with Kim means that now I am back in Bristol I will be more involved with the delivery of EPs fantastic fitness courses, classes and camps. I have a clear plan in place for the next 6 months in order to gain good experiences in the industry and add further qualifications to my BSc (Hons) so that I can continue to contribute to the inspiring, energising and motivational work that Kim and her company continues to deliver time after time.

So I hope I am able to transfer my passion and knowledge in health, fitness and life to all those Team Energised clients I may have the privilege of working with over the next few months, with the classes and boot camps on the Downs, the blogs and hopefully beyond.

“If you think you can or if you think you can’t, it’s the power of the mind that probably means you will.” Steve Black, Ex conditioning coach, Newcastle Falcons RFC, Wales RFU, British and Irish Lions.

Graham Williams BSc (Hons)