When they say you can’t, you must prove them wrong!

15-year-old Amy Nugent is an Ambassador for the 2018 Girls Active Awards having won the Wellness Transformation category in 2017 after participating in the Girls Active programme. This year she has been championing the awards and the impact the programme is having, developed by the Youth Sport Trust, delivered in partnership with Women in Sport and This Girl Can and funded through Sport England National Lottery.

Throughout my time in Highschool, I had very low self-esteem and self-confidence due to my anxiety. I have always had a passion for dance so when I was introduced to Zumba I instantly fell in love. After participating in some Zumba classes I become more confident in myself, Zumba was my escape place when I was feeling anxious or down. A year after joining a Zumba club, I asked my PE teacher if I could lead a warm-up for my peers, this was a huge task for me to do as I would never imagine myself doing this a few months before hand. When my PE teacher announced to the class that I would be doing this warm-up, many of my peers doubted me as they have all seen me as the shy girl who struggles with anxiety. However, I survived through the entire warm-up which made me feel like I was on top of the world! Not long after doing this, I found myself being asked and succeeding to run a club, talk in assemblies, lead a Zumba class for staff training and host a charity event. After each one of my successes I become more confident and my anxiety was slowly becoming under control as I had found a way to cope.

On July 4th, 2017 I was nominated for the North Tyneside Star Awards for overcoming anxiety through Zumba, I won for my category and I had never been more proud of myself. That was until my PE teacher told me that she had nominated me for the Girls Active Awards 2017 for the category of Wellness Transformation. Not long after being nominated, I soon was announced for the winner of the National North Region Girls Active Award 2017 for my category. Ever since achieving all of these amazing things, I have became a more confident and happy person all through Zumba. I now have my own YouTube channel, Meme N, where I create content for health & wellbeing either through Zumba Routines, my stories of overcoming anxiety and many other ways.

Without the Girls Active programme, I wouldn’t have been able to share my story with so many people, they have given me so many amazing opportunities like being able to write this for a magazine. I am so grateful for their support as they have helped me to develop a better me and I can’t wait to see what other opportunities they have for me. There are so many young people in this world that deserve the chance to find something they love and Girls Active have given so many people this chance. If my story can help at least one person, then I know I’ve made a difference to someone’s life which is all I have ever wanted. 

The Girls Active programme offered me the chance to be an ambassador this year for the Awards. I have been able to take over their Instagram page for a week where I went live to answer questions but also, so people could learn more about me personally. Being an Ambassador for this year’s Awards has been breath taking, if someone had told me I would be doing this a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed them. So, to anyone who is reading this and have a passion for something do it! It may take a while so stay patient, but you most definitely won’t regret it. You may stumble on the way to doing your passion but keep pushing yourself and one day you’ll make it, and it’ll be the best feeling in the world.