Tuesday, July 16, 2019
You are here: Isle of Man > Isle of Man News
Isle of Man News
General News
Katie is ‘student voice’ on major sports science body 2 April 2013

A 24-YEAR-OLD from the Isle of Man has been elected to the world’s biggest sports medicine and science organisation as a ‘student voice’.

Katie Taylor, of Pairk Ollay, Ramsey, is studying for a PhD at the University of Idaho, having gained a degree in sports science from the University of Central Lancashire.

Katie first went to the US university in 2010 after winning the Ella Olesen scholarship, which is awarded annually to a female graduate who has been supported through her studies by the Department of Education and Children. She returned to the North West state last autumn to further her studies after being awarded a graduate teaching assistantship.

Now Katie has been accepted as a national student representative on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – the largest sports medicine and exercise science organisation in the world.

She represents the North West chapter of ACSM, which is one of a dozen chapters and includes Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Katie explained:

‘With more than 45,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. ACSM provides the worldwide guidelines for the recommended levels of physical activity, for example.
‘I submitted my application not expecting anything from it and was delighted when I learned I had been successful. My election means I am the voice of the students in the North West of America.
‘I am honoured to be able to represent students on such a well-respected organisation. I am proud to be the first person from the Isle of Man, maybe even the British Isles, to sit on the executive board.’

Katie said:

‘During my first meeting, I introduced myself, proudly telling them I was from the Isle of Man and being prepared to give a geography lesson. However, to my surprise I got the reply “that’s where they hold the TT races. I follow the races every year”.
‘A well-respected biomechanics researcher who specialises in cycling then said “I’d love to be from the Isle of Man. You have Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh. There must be something in the water over there”. It was a proud moment.’

Katie’s role will see her attend at all ACSM national meetings. She has just been to a regional ACSM conference in Oregon, where she was one of just eight of 250 attendees invited to speak. She was awarded the ‘outstanding doctorate research’ prize for her study on insulin resistance and its presentation.

She’ll help to arrange the ACSM’s regional conference in 2014 and will be the main organiser of the associated, highly competitive, student competition that takes place at it. She’ll also travel to Orlando, Florida, next year for the national ACSM conference.

Katie will fit in her role around her studies in physiology, ethics, and statistics and teaching weight training, motor behaviour, biomechanics, and health promotion to undergraduates. She also teaches Manx dancing in primary schools as an after-school activity.

‘As ever, I am thankful to the Department of Education and Children for providing me with the opportunities that have got me to where I am today,’ Katie said. ‘I miss our beautiful Island and regularly show off pictures of the Isle to all my American friends. Hopefully I am proving that the Isle of Man really does give you the Freedom to Flourish.’

Related news: Katie furthers her studies in Idaho

More stories >>>  

Related News Articles
Duke of Edinburgh’ Award Gold badges 26 March 2013
25 young people have been invited to receive their Duke of Edinburgh’ Award Gold badges from His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor at Government House on Thursday 28 March 2013. [More]
Chair Based Exercises and Quit4You services affected by adverse weather 22 March 2013
The public are advised that the Chair Based Exercises sessions in Port Erin and Ramsey and the Quit4You clinic in Port Erin won’t take place today. [More]
Lezayre Road Reconstruction Works, Ramsey – An Update 21 March 2013
The Department is pleased to advise that it expects to complete the current works by the end of April, well in advance of the original programme for completion in mid-May. [More]
Public Notice: Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority 20 March 2013
From the 1st April 2013, the Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) will assume responsibility for the public sewer networks serving the catchment areas of Douglas, Peel, Port st Mary and Ramsey. [More]
Servicing of Portable Fire Extinguishers 12 February 2013
On Wednesday 6th February 2013, Francis Hannigan trading as Fire Fighter (IOM) based in Ramsey was given a conditional discharge for 12 months after pleading guilty to recklessly making a false statement as to the servicing of portable fire extinguishers. [More]

Other Guides by Maxima Systems Ltd: Disney World