National Inclusion Week 2020 - What inclusion means to me: Lucinda Abell

30th September 2020

As part of National Inclusion Week (28 September to 2 October 2020), and in line with the recently established Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, BASES will be sharing stories from the EDI Committee Members on what inclusion means to them, to help raise awareness about Inclusion in the workplace.

National Inclusion Week 2020:

What does inclusion mean to me?

I am currently studying a Master of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Since 2011 I have worked across eleven different Health and Fitness Clubs as a Group Exercise Instructor. I have assisted in the MMU Sports Science Research Department alongside running my own Personal Training Studio. Collectively, this has given me essential insight into the sport and exercise industry and key diversity and inclusion issues. Furthermore, I personally have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) and I support close family members who have disabilities. I am passionate in supporting people with disabilities and promoting diversity and inclusion. As a result of this personal and professional experience I was recently appointed to Student Disability Coordinator at MMU.

Inclusion has never been so clear as in my role as Associate Lecturer in the Sports Science and Pedagogy Degree at MMU (2014-2018). The underpinning value of all lectures was educating with inclusion. By working closely with senior lecturers, I have come to understand their mantra that ultimate fitness may not be achievable for all. However, everyone can benefit from exercise through differentiated instruction. Inclusion in exercise can positively change the mindset of a wide range of individuals with and without disabilities. Inclusion for me is ensuring I coach group exercise classes, personal train, and lecture with diverse and individualised communication and exercise techniques. In group exercise we call this ‘training together as one tribe’. Exercise aids mental clarity, organisational skills, determination and learning what it takes to achieve one’s goals. These are transferable skills that help us succeed in all areas of life. Therefore, Sport and Exercise Sciences should be available for all, irrespective of their background. By forming this Equity, Diversity and Diversity committee, BASES is leading the way for other industries to follow. 

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Lucinda Abell
Student Representative, BASES Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee                                      Currently studying a Master of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) 

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