Vicki making a splash with new coaching role

Vicki Huckle has been appointed as postgraduate rowing professional at Cheltenham College

Vicki Huckle has been appointed as postgraduate rowing professional at Cheltenham College

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A Bedford rower has been appointed as postgraduate rowing professional at one of the country’s leading public schools just months after completing her studies at the University of Worcester.

Talented sportswoman Vicki Huckle, 21, who is from Cranfield and attended Bedford High School, will graduate from her sports coaching science course next month.

Having started rowing at the age of 13, she is now combining her passion for the sport with the skills and knowledge she picked up at university as she embarks on her role at Cheltenham College.

Vicki explains: “From the day I started rowing, I have loved the sport.

“As a junior rower myself, I won medals at national competitions, as well as representing Great Britain.

“My passion for rowing is massive, and spending time on the water is what I love to do.”

Vicki elected to study her chosen subject with a view to becoming a full-time coach, and being able to ‘give something back’ to the sport.

She says that her three years at university have given her the perfect preparation for a coaching career.

“I have absolutely loved every minute of my time studying at the University of Worcester,” she said.

“I have been fortunate enough to have some fantastic opportunities to not only practice and develop my own coaching ability, but also understand the academic background to everything I do.

“Whether coaching in the gym, or out on the river, in my new role I now make informed decisions about everything I do using the practical and academic knowledge I have gained whilst at university.

“Thanks to superb support from one of my lecturers, Glyn Harding, I had the opportunity to be out on the water coaching from my first day at Worcester. “One of the best aspects of studying at Worcester has been the opportunity to apply knowledge gained at university straight into a professional coaching environment.”

Vicki was able to coach part-time at Cheltenham College alongside her degree, and she credits the support of both the college and the University of Worcester as key factors in helping her move to her new, full-time position at the start of this academic year.

She explains: “As a postgraduate rowing professional, I am coaching rowing alongside contributing to the day to day running of the whole boat club, and organising a number of key major events throughout the year.

“In addition to this I am a form tutor in a boarding house, as well as teaching some PE to a variety of age groups.

“In the future, I aim to continue to grow and develop as a coach, with the ambition of continuing to move upwards on the coaching ladder and move closer to my dream job of coaching high performance rowing – potentially at international level.”