Women’s Coach Developement Programme spotlight: Nadia Lewis-Burke (No Limits)
July 2, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny
The Merseyside and Cheshire-based coach is determined to continue to learn, adapt and challenge herself in this new twist in her coaching journey.
How did you first get involved in boxing?
In my late twenties, following a number of personal life events, the gym just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I wanted to feel stronger both physically and mentally and I wanted to challenge myself to see what I was actually capable of.
How pleased are you to be involved in a programme that is actively bidding to push women’s and girls’ boxing forward?
I’m over the moon to have been selected for this course. My dad often said ‘I could be anything I wanted to be,’ but society often told me different. Being on a course like this, with like-minded, determined women, shows me and young people that boxing is for everyone, sports are inclusive and everyone is welcome.
What do you hope to get out of the WCDP that can improve you as coach?
I would like to see what the best version of me is as a coach. I am always learning, adapting and challenging myself to push through any mental boundaries. I hope this course will help me deliver coaching to a high standard for all levels of athletes that walk through our gym.
How much will attending the WCDP help you in your club environment?
Having a female coach presence will encourage the minds of young people not only as a role mode,l but also as another individual who they can trust and rely on. There are some issues that athletes prefer to talk to different people about. Being present and being consistent gives them that opportunity should they ever need it. Not only will I be learning and adapting, this will also apply to our athletes; reinforcing what life is really about – inclusion and respect.
Who are your biggest boxing inspirations?
Having not grown up with boxing in my life, the first people to ever show me the ropes were my coaches. In a mostly male gym, they welcomed me with open arms. Each of their coaching strengths have sung to me to develop my skills and confidence and strength. My coaches are my biggest inspiration for sure.
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