My name is Jonathan, and I’m a 3rd year student of Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness) at Carmarthen campus. I chose the course for its unique mix of the outdoors and how to use environments as a means to train, learning about physiology and psychology of various outdoor pursuits. The campus is perfectly situated for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, it’s surrounded by countryside and is in easy driving distance to countless forests, beaches, footpaths as well as Brecon Beacons National Park. The course here has given me the chance to explore and improve my skills in a variety of beautiful settings.
The hands on approach to the Sport and Exercise Science degrees here at UWTSD has allowed me to take part in physiological testing, practice coaching strength training techniques, learn about the qualities required to be a good coach, and spend time around other admirable and like-minded students and staff. The facilities here have allowed me to balance my own training with University work, and allowed me to coach others simultaneously, as well as given me the chance to work on a personally engaging dissertation subject.
My main interest is surfing, and my career aim is to work as a strength and conditioning coach for professional surfers. To help work towards this aim, since being on the course I have had to chance to gain vocational fitness qualifications, studied for a semester at Fullerton University in California, and gained an internship as a strength and conditioning coach for Swim Wales.
After two and a half years here, I feel like I am smarter and more confident, ready to take on clients and job roles that I could not have done before. I’m extremely happy that I was given the opportunity to come and study here at the University of Wales Trinity St David.