A Ruislip keep-fit coach who has been on an incredible journey after being told she would never walk again has reached the final of the UK Coaching Awards.
Alice Tribedi has been nominated for the award after her incredible work to support older participants to maintain an active lifestyle throughout the pandemic.
As a professional dancer with a foot injury, Alice was told that she would never walk again – yet after hard work, training, and qualifications, she actively coaches dance/exercise for those from 60, all the way up to 93 years old.
She has been running classes for eight years now, tailored specifically for the 60+ population in her community, at all levels of ability.
When the pandemic hit, Alice transformed her classes so she could still support participants virtually.
Reflecting on her nomination, Alice said it is amazing to be nominated for a job, which she says has made her the happiest she’s ever been.
She said: “I was once told I may not walk properly ever again by a specialist, and that I had to give up professional dancing due to a serious foot injury. Yet now here I am, so lucky to have been selected to be a finalist for the UK Coaching Awards and for doing a job I absolutely adore.
“So out of an extremely challenging time eventually came the opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do, which was work with older and disabled people in some way and to coach dance and exercise to help them.”
UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon, said: “This year the bar has been raised once again, and whilst we are fully aware of the power of coaching across the UK, our brilliant coaching workforce continues to surprise us and push the boundaries to support people and their communities.”
This year’s ceremony will take place in Leeds on December 7.