Coach Debbie has worked for Disability Sports Coach for more than four years.
Debbie was drawn to sports coaching as a teenager and started acquiring coaching badges while studying for her A levels. She followed up with a degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Science, while gaining practical experience working with disabled young adults.
Describing her job, Debbie said: “I always have a smile on my face when I talk about my job – I love it! Every day is different and each time I coach at a sports session I always come out of it in a better frame of mind than when I started.
“It’s not the big things that matter to me, it’s the little things that are so rewarding like when a member learns how to throw and catch a ball.
“I always encourage members to believe in themselves and I tell them that everyone is different but we are all equal.”
The keen hockey player who has represented Surrey also enjoys mentoring new coaches and volunteers to pass her knowledge on.
She added: “I can’t see myself doing any other job. I don’t think I will ever fall out of love with sports coaching, so I’ll never want to stop!”