An Elgin-based two-time European Highland dancing champion is looking to pass her sporting experience on to others following her graduation from RGU.
Natalie Moir (21) graduated alongside her classmates with a BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday 12 July.
It is the third education achievement in a few short years for the former Elgin Academy pupil, who completes the degree as part of a 2+2 arrangement, following an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise - taking advantage of RGU’s widening access partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCol). She has also achieved a Highland dancing teaching qualification.
Natalie said: “I have always been involved in sport thanks to a lifetime of competing nationally in Highland dancing and that’s brought me into contact with many professionals, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists and dance teachers.
“I became interested in how the body responds to exercise and deals with the stresses placed upon it – especially as I dealt with a number of injury hurdles. I wanted to build my knowledge, so that I could give back and help others as they progress with their own sporting experiences.”
Natalie points to the course’s applied nature as being what attracted her to the university, where she’d not only benefit from learning the theory but would be able to put this in practice through work placements – one of which would be extra-special.
She said: “A real highlight of my time here would be the placement opportunity I had in third year, when I spent six weeks at my old secondary school in the PE department. It really underlined that I needed to pursue a career in teaching, specifically within sport.
“Passing my knowledge onto the pupils, being asked questions and teaching them how to take part in various sports was incredibly rewarding and I would love to have a job where I finish each day knowing that I had taught someone something that could benefit their life.”
With her heart and mind set on teaching the benefits of sport to the next generation, Natalie has been able to take a breath and look back on her own education experience with pride.
She said: “Honestly, I am so proud of myself for achieving my degree and I feel that I’ve gained so much knowledge, skills and self-confidence thanks to the time I put in – it made the stress worth it in the end.
“I have had such a great support network around me, with my family, friends and lecturers making my experience all the better. They encouraged me to be the best that I can be and now I’m looking forward to doing the same to others.”
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