UWS Sport graduate encourages girls and young women to keep on running

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BSc (Honours) Sport Coaching graduate Chloe Simpson has urged girls and young women to keep on running to improve their mental health and confidence.

Picture: Chloe Simpson 312 in action for Kilbarchan AAC photo by Bobby Gavin

Chloe, who graduated from UWS in 2019, told the Greenock Telegraph: “From experience I’ve found that having sport to focus on really helped me through my exams in both school and university. It gave me a break from everything and acted as an escape.”

The former Lanarkshire campus student has been involved in various sporting clubs from a young age with her passion for sport prompting her decision to study Sport Coaching at the University. Joining the UWS Athletics team in her final year, Chloe finished second place in the 1500m at the Scottish University and College Athletics Championships in 2019. Chloe was then selected to run for the Scottish University team at the Celtic International in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Chloe who now works with the NHS Health Improvement Service helping clinically obese children make healthier choices and competes with Kilbarchan AAC added: “There’s proof too that sporting activities boost your mood, make you feel good about yourself and it’s also an amazing place to make lifelong friends.”

This positive message from Chloe is echoed in the scottishathletics’ ‘Keep On Running’ nationwide campaign, which launched on Monday 28 September with more than 45 scottishathletics clubs and jogscotland groups involved. The ‘Keep on Running’ campaign seeks to offer a warm welcome to those ‘new’ runners or a welcome ‘return to running’ for others.

Read the full interview with Chloe in the Greenock Telegraph.

If you know of a graduate making the news email Ewan O’Brien, Alumni Engagement Manager, ewan.obrien@uws.ac.uk

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