Being a student, parent and role model

As a parent, you always want to set a good example to your children. Sometimes that comes from them seeing you survive the knocks that life throws your way!

Six years ago, I’d just taken the heart-breaking decision to close my business, a children’s boutique in Swansea city centre. It was a real knock to my confidence and for a while, I was very down.

Not knowing what else to do, I started volunteering with sports clubs in my local area. This sparked an interest and I enrolled on a degree in sports coaching and performance.

Going back into higher education was a turning point for me. It forced me to be disciplined, which not only restored my confidence in what I was capable of but made me want to achieve more.

I’d put on three stone since the shop closed so I joined a gym close to Uni and got interested in body building. I am now a pro bikini athlete and recently won a World Title in my category.

After graduating with a first, I enrolled on the Masters, which I passed with distinctions in December.

I now have a great job in sport where I am able to encourage others - particularly women and girls - to participate in sport in order to help them cope with life’s ups and downs, and also change their lives for the better.


Lindsay Piper studied BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (Top-up) and  MSc Sports Coaching and Performance at USW. To find out more about postgraduate study, visit our next Open Evening.