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Interview with Mehvish Afzal

Interview with Mehvish Afzal

How would you describe yourself in three words? 
I would describe myself as a diligent, positive and an ambitious individual.

What drove you to pick your course/subject? 
I have always had a keen interest in sport. The sporting industry was a field I entered from a young age as I have been studying ITF, International Taekwon-Do Federation, Taekwondo for 7 years. I knew that sport was definitely the subject I wanted to further, so I picked this course.

Have you tackled any challenges that have motivated you to do well or this course? 
In my first year at NewVIc, I struggled a lot with the workload that was given. I let my work pile up and did not do the assignments when given. I eventually accepted the support the teachers were trying to give to me throughout the course and it changed my mind-set for the better, which is why I’m still studying and aiming to achieve nothing but the best.

What made you choose NewVIc? 
My sister and her husband both studied here. They both were pushed by the college to achieve the best grades they possibly could get. They motivated me enrol at NewVIc and assured me that I would enjoy myself in this college, both academically and socially. My sister also studied sport found the course interesting and the teachers engaging and supportive. I’m really glad I listened to them because NewVIc has made a huge impact on me.

What are your dreams and aspirations? 
My biggest long term dream is to open my own physiotherapy centre, but in terms of short term goals, I hope to study sport science and physiotherapy at the University of East London. This will be the foundation of my future and it will help me rehabilitate others.

What role has NewVIc played in your journey? 
Through NewVIc I have gained qualifications which have helped further my career in sport. I gained a Leadership qualification where alongside this the sport academy gave me coaching experience.  I have since been awarded a coaching badge, an Adapted Sports and a First Aid qualification.

How have your teachers and tutors supported you in your studies and aspirations? 
My teachers have done nothing but support me in all areas of my life. When I struggle in class or with assignments, they are always there to give me a sense of direction but still enable me to do it for myself. The teachers have made me feel comfortable in the course and as a result I have opened myself up to achieving bigger and better things which I didn’t think I could do. 

You currently represent the UK as a Taekwondo competitorcould you tell me a little bit about how you got involved in athletics?
I first got involved in athletics in primary school. I realised I was more interested in the physical side of school and I joined every after-school club in sport that I could, I enjoyed the thrill. My parents always supported me and did whatever they could do to ensure I was doing something I enjoyed. When I reached secondary school, my sister joined a taekwondo, and was learning so much that my mum and her convinced me to join. I have since been training with Manor Park School of Taekwondo (ITF) for 7 hard-working years which has led us both to becoming Second Dan black belts.
When did you know you had this talent? 
I knew I had a talent in this sport at the beginning as I was able to pick things up quickly, I was already learning techniques to a good standard from a young age. 
In order to secure selection for future international athletics competitions, can you tell me how often you train? 
I train with the club twice a week for an hour and a half, but outside of training, I try to train 2-3 more times a week. This gives me enough time to work on my fitness as well as my skills in the sport. 
Would you recommend studying the Extended Diploma Sport - Development Coaching and Fitness and why?
I would 100% recommend this subject as I think it’s one of the best things I have done. It has created a base for me to go to a good university to study this subject further. This has always been my ambition. I would also recommend studying this at NewVIc as the sports teachers are extremely supportive and helpful. They have pushed me to succeed in the course.