Megan – YMCA Barry
Megan began at YMCA Barry as a gymnast from the age of three gaining a place in the Welsh Gymnastics Squad. After retiring, Megan turned her hand to coaching gymnastics, starting as a junior coach at YMCA, where she is now the Head of Under 5’s gymnastics.
In the last year Megan has dramatically increased the popularity and membership of this age group teaching more than 350 children each week. Megan is exceptional at engaging even the youngest children to develop a foundation in gymnastics to encourage the children to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Megan has had a major influence on the community in Barry and the surrounding area by working to educate parents on how to encourage their children in sport. Megan runs eight weekly parent and toddler classes where she helps to build the parents’ confidence to engage with their children.
Megan is also extremely dedicated in ensuring that every child is able to access gymnastics and has helped many children overcome obstacles. She gained this passion through her own experiences as a gymnast and suffering from severe Crohn’s disease all her life. As an elite gymnast there were times where Megan trained and competed while extremely ill. Megan now takes this experience and inspires many children with additional needs to believe in themselves so they can also enjoy the sport she loves.