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Cupar’s Prizewinning Student Rachel Plans an Active Future

Published Monday, 9th June 2014 in Our Campuses news

Rachel White, elmwood, judo, student,

A young judo player from Cupar recently added an education award to her long list of sporting achievements.

At the annual prize giving ceremony on the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College Rachel White (19) received the class prize for Best HNC Sports Coaching Student.

Rachel had chosen to study at SRUC Elmwood because she had heard good things about the sports department while attending her Judo classes. The Bell Baxter High School former pupil had reached black belt standard at 16, competing for Scotland and medalling at Scottish, British and International level.

Outside an already busy schedule Rachel is a keen volunteer and was nominated for the YOSCARS (Youth Work Oscars) for her contribution. YOSCARS is a special event organised every two years by Fife Council’s Young Peoples Services to celebrate and recognise the important and exciting contributions that young people make to their local communities. To her qualify for the award Rachel had to volunteer for a minimum of 50 hours but she managed to clock up over 300!

Rachel has also received special recognition for work with children with disabilities in Fife, assisting and coaching for Sportif Judo, which involved judo sessions, fundraising, camps and competitions. One outstanding memory was her time as a Paralympics volunteer.

“The atmosphere at the games was amazing, she said. It was something I will never experience again. Unforgettable.”

Her commitment took coaching is already obvious. Rachel has worked with Active Schools Fife and has been involved in a number of their projects including basic moves, holiday camps and Disability Sport.  During that time she has gained additional qualifications including first aid and lifeguard training.

Even having successfully completed her HNC and receiving the class prize Rachel’s energy and enthusiasm continues. She is currently working on her level 2 gym instructor award and is volunteering for the commonwealth games later this year.  Rachel hopes to progress onto her level 3 in Judo coaching, and is considering a career as a PE Teacher.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Elmwood. Not only have I learnt a lot from my tutors but also from my peers. I have enjoyed meeting new people and am grateful to Elmwood for all the opportunities that have been made available to me.”

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