Youth Health Ambassador Conference – 26 September 2017
Today 10 girls from AGGS attended the Youth Heath Ambassador (YHA) conference at Lancaster University. The idea of the conference was to champion the importance of leading healthy active lifestyles and inspire them to change not only their own lives, but the lives of others in the school and wider community.
The conference started with an inspirational talk by Rachel MacKenzie; a world champion Thai Boxer. Rachel told her story of the resilience and determination she had to have to overcome the barriers that she faced early on in her career. After working with a coach who did not believe that women should or could be boxers, Rachel dedicated her time to training to become the best she could be as she knew she couldn’t let other people stand in the way of her dreams. Over the next few years Rachel’s determination paid off, winning fight after fight and becoming world champion in Thai boxing multiple times. Her encouraging words set the tone for what continued to be a great day.
Inspired by Rachel’s words the girls then set off to complete 4 workshops. The first taught the girls about healthy active lifestyles and encouraged them to think about how they could make small changes to lead more healthy lives themselves. After this they went to their second workshop to discover what is meant to be a Health and Wellbeing Leader. They shared ideas and started to plan the events, activities and projects they might like to lead in school. Later in the afternoon they worked with Garry from Sports Leaders UK who ran a session on communication, teaching the girls all the different types of communication, how to communicate better and how they may advertise their ideas for their healthy active projects. Finally the girls completed a session about encouraging physical activity and how sessions can be made inclusive by GB badminton player Jenny Wallwork. With many of our AGGS girls being badminton players themselves, this was a real treat.
The day finished with another inspirational talk, this time by Jenny, who shared her story of over coming mental illness whilst representing GB at badminton and the struggles she faced. Jenny spoke about how to push yourself a little bit more each day in order to achieve your dreams and not let barriers hold you back. To use Jenny’s words, when you are “outside your comfort zone, that’s when the magic happens”.
All the girls had a fantastic day and have left inspired about how they can lead more healthy active lifestyles and are already planning the projects they would like to run at AGGS. What this space!
Our Year 10 YHAs are Shreya D, Elizabeth G, Morvyn C, Mary W, Isobel C, Hania S, Teje SB, Kalsoon A, Olivia P and Xiaoxuan Y.
Group 1 in their work shop.
Leading a session with Jenny