European Gold winning
Athlete joins SLC

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Nathan and Kirsty with their awards

With a personal best of 11.4 seconds in the 100 metre sprint and an array of gold, silver and bronze medals from championships including the Scottish, British and European, National 5 Sport & Fitness student Nathan Fleetwood has made his mark on the world of athletics and the College.

Nathan from East Kilbride, took up running to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. He didn’t enjoy his time at school in Lanark and found running to be a good outlet for his mental and physical health. Nathan (now 20 years old) spent the majority of his teenage years training, and all his hard work paid off, as he is now recognised as an elite athlete, winning an impressive haul of medals.  Nathan’s sporting journey will now continue at South Lanarkshire College as he studies on our Level 5 Sport and Fitness course. Nathan hopes his time at the College will be the first step on his career to Sports Coaching

Nathan said “ I’d love to share the knowledge and skills I’ve learned during my time in athletics.   I’ve had a great time competing across Europe in countries including Turkey and believe this experience will be beneficial in my future career”

Nathan is pictured above with his South Lanarkshire College Sports Lecturer Kirsty Bicket.  Kirsty (also pictured below) has been inspiring Nathan and his classmates to achieve their coaching goals by telling her story. Kirsty began her career as an athlete, playing hockey at county level and representing her country at discus.

Before embarking on her teaching career, she was the Scottish Discus Champion for three consecutive years. Her talents didn’t stop at the discus, whilst at school she won the athletic championships every year from S1-S6 and was school sports captain at Wellington School, Ayr. Kirsty’s claim to fame is she still “holds the best female field performance in Ayrshire as well as receiving the court medal award from the University of the West Scotland for her BSc in Sport Development”

Kirsty said “It’s great to have someone with Nathan’s sporting achievements in the class, he’s a true inspiration to his fellow students”.

Kirsty continued “I am delighted that as a lecturer, I can inspire my class to use their life skills and hobbies as stepping stones to their dream jobs and careers. I am very fortunate to be able to do my dream job everyday as I’ve turned my hobby into a career”. 

Kirsty with her awards