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Instructor Profile

My name is Lois, I am married to Andy with a daughter aged 17.

At school I was always into sports, captain of the netball team and used to participate in ballet, rounders, swimming, badminton, and roller skating amongst other things.

I always wanted to learn to ice skate so at 16 when the Aldershot Ice Skating rink opened I must have been one of their first customers. I had always wanted a pair of white skating boots and since I had just got my first job I used my first ever pay packet to buy those luxury white skates and was hooked ever since.

I started off on the adult skating lesson courses and passed with flying colours and then went on to specialise in Ice Dance and regularly participated in competitions, ice skating pantomimes and became a member of the Ice Dance Club.

After getting married and having my daughter my skating days are more on a recreational level however, I started teaching my daughter at the age of 3 and then passed her on to a professional coach. Olivia is 16 now and an extremely competent skater and was one of the British Champions with the Basingstoke Synchronised Skating team.

Workwise my first job was in a bank and then I moved to the University of Surrey and worked for their accounting department simultaneously studying for an HND in business studies. I then went on to secretarial college and became a secretary/PA for a firm of actuaries and then moved to Aon in Farnborough where I worked for many happy years as a PA in the International Pensions Department

I left Aon to have my baby and became a stay at home mum for a while and then a Director of my husband's company; being self-employed gave me the flexibility to shuffle work with being a mother.

My passions for sports never really left me so I decided to complete a Sports Science Degree which lead to becoming a Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer; shortly after completing the course I had an Achilles injury which is where I became heavily involved in Pilates and interested in the Pilates Reformer.

Consequently I completed the Body Control Pilates Matwork Certificate and am now a qualified Level 3 Body Control Pilates Instructor.