Club Staff

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WendY Shaw

Welfare Officer

Wendy has been involved with Croydon Gymnastics Club for the last 10 years. She has worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years, as well as a vegetarian chef after passing the Vegetarian Society's Cordon Vert diploma. She is also a qualified aromatherapist and keen gardener. Wendy loves baking and gym birthdays are very popular not least because of her famous traybakes and millionaire shortbread

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Catherine SinclaiR-Smith

Welfare Officer

My family has been involved with Croydon Gymnastics club for over 40 years. Myself, from the age of 3 until I was 18. I was also a coach from the age of 16. My sisters were gymnasts and one a coach for many years. My daughter also does gymnastics, so our involvement and investment in the club has been considerable for many years. 
I have been a Primary Teacher for twenty-two years and a senior manager. In the last six years, I have been in an advisory role as a PE Teaching Consultant. This role requires me to visit my twenty-seven schools, upskilling teachers to deliver high quality PE, Physical Activity and Sport. Over the last  six years, this role has evolved including work with Public Health, the school nurses, London Sport, AFPE (Association for Physical Education) as well as a lot of work surrounding Mental Health. I deliver mental health workshops and schemes of work for teachers and children which led to me being asked and becoming willingly involved in the club’s need for a new Welfare Officer. What I hope to bring to the club is an open door policy to all parents and children who need to speak to someone if they have worries or issues. My extensive experience as a Primary Practitioner in very deprived areas has given me a wealth of experience in this area.