Olympic hopeful calls for volunteers for NHS fitness fundraiser

Olympic hopeful calls for volunteers for NHS fitness fundraiser

A Trafford College Olympic hopeful is calling for volunteers to join an NHS fundraising fitness feat, after her dreams of competing in Tokyo were postponed by Covid-19

Sport student Megan Hughes was destined for trials for the Great British Swimming Squad in April with a personal best of 50 metres front crawl in 27.02 seconds when her hopes were dashed by event cancellations and pool closures.

Looking for innovative ways to keep fit in lockdown, the 18-year-old has been training in a 13ft pool in her back garden, and receives regular skipping targets from her coach at Trafford Metro, which is where the idea of an NHS Skipathon came from.

Megan said: “We’re asking people to join our Skipathon because it is a great way of keeping your cardio up, and most people have access to a rope of some sort. Skipping has been a great way for members of my swimming club to get together on Zoom and stay strong as a team, as well as for keeping in touch with my College friends - even though you’re not with them you can still talk to them while you’re exercising together.

By making a minimum £1 donation via Just Giving page Charity Skipathon For The Association of NHS Charities, anyone can join Megan’s challenge on Monday 25th May, with the option of posting a video on the Charity Skipathon Facebook page.

Megan continued: “I do find it quite hard to motivate myself at home. I follow training sessions written by my coach, but it’s hard to actually get going when other people aren’t around, so posting on the Charity Skipathon Facebook page is a way in which we can all really inspire each other to keep fit during lockdown.”

Staff and students at Trafford College are taking part to support Megan, who is currently in her second year of BTEC Sport.

Trafford College Head of Sport Studies Damian Harris said: “Megan has shown such tenacity throughout her course - studying extra qualifications in leadership and first aid while maintaining elite levels of training - that I’m not surprised she is taking the lead in her club’s Charity Skipathon.

We are backing Megan 100 per cent in the Skipathon, as she’ll always be part of team Trafford College.”