A Ruislip fitness coach who helps those aged 60 and above with singalongs and fun exercise classes has won a national award for her work.
Alice Tribedi won the UK Community Coach of the Year title at this year’s UK Coaching awards, which took place on December 7 last year.
Her classes, which have attendees of ages all the way up to 93, have been an ongoing part of her life for eight years now.
When the pandemic hit, Alice hit the ground running with online classes, that were offered freely for several months, all the while staying involved with various charities.
Speaking about her win, Alice said: “Coaching means a sense of community to me. I coach mostly those who are older, up into their nineties, and for many they have been on their own throughout the pandemic.
“In my classes there was a lot of depression, many suffering from isolation. That’s why it’s important to support everyone because these are the people that need it most.
“To be recognised means the world. Having had to give up my dancing career when I was so young due to injury, means that my coaching career is everything to me. I enjoy it so much, and it means everything to coach the amazing people I do.
“One lady told me that not long before her husband died, he had told her to continue coming to my classes to help her. She told me last Christmas that the class had been a lifeline for her. That makes you realise the power of coaching.”
Alice has now taken UK Coaching up on their offer for her to become an ambassador for them and is training to take on the Channel Swim Challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society.