Student midwife prepares to deliver 'podium' performance at 2012 Olympics

Published: 23 July 2007 at 13:41

A 20 year old midwifery student and shot putt champion, from St Ives, is looking for sponsorship to cover her training costs in her attempt to prepare for entry into the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chloe Edwards, who is a member of the Huntingdon Athletics Club and a student of HSHS Limited, part of Anglia Ruskin University, is balancing her studying with an intensive training programme.  She trains six times a week, both at an outdoor track and in the gym doing weights work and she must continue this regime while studying theory, and while on work placement.

She began training at HSHS, now a part of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University, as a midwifery student in 2005. Her theory studies are split between Peterborough and Fulbourn while her practice placements are based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon. 

Talking about her passion for sport and study, she said:

“I’m thoroughly enjoying my course to date and feel privileged to be accepted onto my course with the tutors knowing the level of commitment I give to my sport.  The Olympics is my long term goal but without funding and support I will not be able to realise both dreams of being Olympic champion and midwife.”

“I have been a shot putter for seven years, taking part in athletics for the best part of nine years. I enjoyed running to start with before I discovered I had a talent for shot putting. My father used to be a hammer thrower so I guess that has helped to get me where I am today in the sport.”

At 13 Chloe was competing in the Under 15s county team and came fourth in the National School Championships. She was then National Schools Champion for the next 5 years.  She competed at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia (2004) getting a bronze medal.  In May, this year, she set her personal best when gaining silver in the South of England Championships.

To help with her training, Chloe particularly requires funding for travel expenses and kit. 

Chloe attended St Ivo School sixth form studying History, Health and Social Work and Sports Study.  On completion of her midwifery course, she wants to work within the NHS.