Sport Liverpool member wins achievement prize at regional fitness award

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Sarah with Claire Simmo and Jase Porter
Sarah with host Claire Simmo and event organiser Jase Porter

Sport Liverpool member Sarah Davies has been commended for her fitness transformation and the work she does to inspire others to follow suit.

The University’s undergraduate admissions officer was given the Member Achievement Award at the fourth annual Liverpool Fitness Professional Awards in November.

The ceremony, which was held in the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, sought to recognise the outstanding achievement of Merseyside fitness fanatics, and Sarah was delighted to receive the award after a public vote.

She told AU Vice-President Matt Addison: “I totally didn’t expect it. A lot of people say that, but I didn’t.

“I don’t feel I've done much to achieve that but people say to me it means a lot to them because I'm a normal person and I've achieved a lot in a short amount of time.

“There was a few hundred people there all supporting me. They’d all heard about me – it was mad.

“It marked something for me – I can’t really describe it. It was an acknowledgement of all the hard work, not only that I've done, but my two personal trainers.

“I've been very difficult to deal with. I look quite happy now but I have been an absolute nightmare – I have swinging moods, I've been crying on the floor with panic attacks. The award was an acknowledgement of how much my life has changed.”

Sarah says her personal trainers, David Eccles and Richie Swan, have been “integral” to her success.

David, Sarah’s Sport Liverpool personal trainer, said: “We can all motivate ourselves over a short period of time, but the difference is that consistency. She’s done so well.”

Sarah and David

Sarah was signed off work with stress, anxiety and depression in August 2017 and returned to her job a few months later, but has since overhauled her physical and mental wellbeing.

She explained: “During that time my doctor said to me, the worst thing you can do is hide yourself away: get out and do things.

“In September 2017, I decided to join a gym. I just got into fitness there. I’ve been on a journey; it’s been up and down.

“I’ve lost just over eight and a half stone, but it was never about that. It was more gaining control of my brain and my emotions. I'm a much more stable person now mentally, and a lot healthier and a lot fitter.

“I'm not quite there yet – I’ve got about two and half stone to lose and I still have bursts of low moods, but I'm nowhere near where I was.”

Sarah and Richie

Sarah also praised Sport Liverpool for helping her on her journey, which she continues to document on her Instagram blog.

Sarah added: “You’ve got everything you need – classes, fitness centre, changing rooms. It’s really good value – I couldn’t believe how cheap it was. It’s been vital for me.

“Just try it out and see what you think of it. Everyone’s really friendly here and supportive, especially the trainers and the instructors. I'm thankful for working at the university because I couldn’t have done it without Sport Liverpool.”

 

By Matt Addison