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Sport student and global skiing success thanks the college for its support

As a college, we recognise that careers are built on more than just a qualification, and we strive to support our students in their ambitions both internally and externally. Take Level 2 Sport & Physical Activity student and world-renowned young alpine skiing athlete Caitlin Baldwin as an example.

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While Caitlin was a pupil at Lymm County High School, she was recognised as one of Warrington’s most promising snowsport prospects and chosen to represent Great Britain in the under-16 alpine skiing squad. Since joining the college in September, Caitlin has been progressing with her skiing career alongside completing her sport qualification, with the full support of the college.

Caitlin travels globally, following the ski season to represent Snowsport England in various competitions and championships, which presents unique challenges when it comes to her study. To accommodate Caitlin’s intense training and competition itinerary, her tutors have worked hard to ensure that she is able to work remotely and still study towards achieving her qualification whilst on the go, highlighting the college’s dedication to going above and beyond to support its students.

With the racing season at its peak for Caitlin, she spends most of her time in Austria with her team, where the majority of her learning is done online. As well as giving Caitlin remote access to all of the resources necessary for her course, she attends a weekly one-to-one session with her tutors and curriculum manager to ensure all her needs are met and that she is up-to-date on her coursework and assessments.

Back in the UK for a brief period, Caitlin took the time to comment on her experience at college and said:

“I really cannot thank my tutors enough for how much they have supported me. I was nervous about coming to college, thinking that I might have to choose between my passion for skiing and my qualification but I really shouldn’t have worried. The college has embraced me totally and encouraged my dream. I feel valued as both a student and an athlete.”

Matt Bold, Curriculum Manager for Sport at the college, sang Caitlin’s praises as an outstanding sportsperson, and shared the dedication of his team in supporting her. He said:

“Caitlin really is an exceptional young lady. Her commitment to both her sport and her studies have been second to none. I am proud of my team of tutors, too. We have worked together to ensure Caitlin is receiving a high standard of teaching while being able to pursue her talent which really speaks to how student-focussed we are as a team and as a college.”

We are looking forward to hearing more about Caitlin’s successes on the slopes over the coming months and we wish her the best of luck with her upcoming tournaments!

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