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Woman of the Month 2019 Winners

March Woman of the Month: Elise Dixon

Congratulations to Elise Dixon who is our winner for March. She was nominated by Karryn Dixon who said,

"Elise is my daughter and 16 years old. She works hard at both her studies and to become a world class athlete. This weekend Elise travelled to Malaga for the first international competition of the year where she achieved a personal best and won Junior Ladies Bronze in Olympic Trap. Most people believe shooting would be easy but it requires significant core strength and endurance and a positive strong mental attitude. Elise trains every day both on and off the range, competing in a sport dominated by men. At just under 5' tall and of slight build she has grown in confidence and ability in this sport and able to hold her own. I am incredibly proud of her and as part of British Shootings World Class Athlete Programme I am sure she will make Team GB this year"

February Woman of the Month: Samantha Clarke

Congratulations to Samantha Clarke who is our winner for February. She was nominated by Christopher Duffy who said,

"Samantha is the Sports Development and Physical Activity Instructor at East Norfolk Sixth Form College. She works tirelessly to arrange and fulfil fixtures in a range of sports, increase volunteering opportunities for our students and offer a range of health and wellbeing activities for our students from futsal to yoga. She has taken students to Wembley Stadium this year to attend Football Activator training giving students an incredible experience, enabling them to improve their confidence and professional skills before taking on the role of college football activators. Sam works with this team of students along with our This Girl Can Ambassadors to improve the sporting provision for their peers and this has led to an increase in participation rates in both intra and inter-mural activities. This year the college has been awarded football super-hub status becoming 1 of only 22 in the country. This is largely down to the work Sam has done on our football provision resulting in the college gaining national recognition. This is an incredible achievement bearing in mind the college's relative small size in comparison to other providers selected and the challenges faced during a time of restricted funding to 16-19 provision. Sam identified the opportunity to become a women's football apprentice provider through AOC and the FA. Following a great deal of work during the application phase we received the news that we had been selected enabling us to offer this unique opportunity and target an increase in female participation in football. This will not only benefit the appointed person and our learners, but also the local community. As highlighted Sam is an invaluable member of staff but what she has achieved already in 2019 is outstanding and I feel worthy of recognition"

January Woman of the Month: Paola Colombo

Congratulations to Paola Colombo who is our winner for January. She was nominated by Elena Traina who said,

"Paola has organised a Norwich Mind funded 8-week free swimming session in collaboration with the Riverside Leisure Centre - the latest of her work initiatives to promote physical activity to improve mental health. She is the friendly face who welcomes very nervous people who are trying to look after their mental health by taking up a new physical activity. Many of us don't really know what we're doing, but she is there to encourage us and provide advice. She is always looking for the next challenge and supports participants to the activities she organises to do so as well"