Former Trafford College apprentice, Chelsea Mears-Graham, recently competed in the final of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer competition at the NEC in Birmingham.
Chelsea’s journey began back in March when the College nominated her to enter the competition in the category of Personal Trainer. She was studying a Level 3 personal trainer qualification as an apprenticeship NVQ with the College, which she completed earlier this year. At first she was a little unsure about whether she should enter, daunted by the prospect and the grand scale of the national competition, but she decided to give it her best shot, completely unaware of how far she would progress.
The first stage was to complete an online test to show her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, training systems, nutrition and programming, which she passed successfully, before progressing to the next stage which involved submitting a short video about herself and a client, taking them through a session she had designed. The video was shortlisted and Chelsea competed against 30 other national competitors to earn a place in the national final skills show in November. Over a two day period, Chelsea was faced with grueling tasks that included delivering a PT session, numerous skills tests, 7 hour personal trainer shifts with brand new clients, case studies, and performance reviews.
Chelsea said: “The experience of the whole competition and the skills show was amazing and very overwhelming. It was an unbelievable opportunity that I will never forget. I met some fantastic and talented people that, without a doubt, will go on to be experts in their fields in the fitness industry.
“To be one of the top eight in the UK is an incredible achievement and the journey doesn’t end here. As a finalist in the WorldSkills UK competition, I have been given the opportunity to join the Skills Champions Community. This is a professional network of former competitors who have represented their sector at a WorldSkills UK national final.”