As part of volunteer’s week, we want to highlight the importance of women in sport especially in the roles of coaching. Whilst women make up the majority of volunteers across all volunteering activities in society, they are less likely to volunteer in sport than men. Research shows that fear of judgement can hold many women back from getting involved in sport.
Medigold Health are proud to employ female volunteers in sport and recognise achievements outside of office work. Our Director of HR, Gemma Ely is qualified as a NISA (National Ice Skating Association) qualified Level 1 coach which enables her to volunteer to teach learn to skate classes on behalf of the International School of Skating (ISS) in Milton Keynes. Gemma teaches the Skate Excellence – Learn to skate course at Plant Ice, teaching adults on a Monday evening and children on a Saturday morning. She takes groups of up to 15 skaters through the course which consists of 8 grades, from Grade 1 absolute beginners up to Grade 8 more advanced skating skills. Once the course is complete those skaters are ready to go and have private lessons with the team of Level 2 coaches.
Gemma’s students are learning from one of the best as Gemma herself competed last weekend at the British Adult Figure Skating Championships, and we are delighted to announce that she won Gold in the Free skating competition in her category and then went on to win Silver in the Artistic competition!
Aside from working, family, competing, and volunteering, Gemma has been asked to be on the judging panel for the Milton Keynes heat of the National Planet Ice & Silverblades Artistic competition in which skaters starting their competitive journey will compete to be at the National final in July.