Name: Rachel Leggett
Date of birth: 05/08/1993
Home town: West Sussex
Favourite aquatic sport: Swimming
Favourite aquatic star: Aimee Willmott
I love volunteering because: After being involved in swimming for most of my life, it is great to give back to the sport that gave so much enjoyment to me and my family. It is a fantastic opportunity to engage with other athletes, coaches and other volunteers’ as well as achieving a great sense of joy when helping others.
I am currently an MSc student at Chichester University studying Sport and Exercise Psychology with a particular interest in motor control.
I was previously an undergraduate student at Chichester University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology in September 2014.
I was a competitive club swimmer up until the age of 17. I then took a couple years out of the sport to focus on my studies and swimming teaching. At the current age of 21, I’m starting to get back into training and competitive swimming and have recently got a PB (woo!).
I have completed my UKCC Level 1 and 2 Teaching Aquatics and my UKCC Level 1 Coaching Swimming. I use my Level 2 Teaching on a day-to-day basis by teaching children how to swim. In the future, I would like to delve in Level 2 and 3 Coaching Swimming.
I have been involved in swimming through a number of events. I was a head teacher at the ASA and RNLI piloted scheme ‘Swim Safe’ in Boscombe, Bournemouth.
This involved teaching children how to stay safe in the sea. I also coach with my local club and try and use the knowledge I have gained at university. I am also the chairwoman of the South East Regional Youth Forum, which meets to represent the views of young people in the region.
Outside of swimming, I am a graduate ambassador at Chichester University that regularly attends open days to discuss my views of university and graduate opportunities.