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We are the Champions
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Another win for Pembrokeshire College – Complementary Therapy students swept the board again at the Skills Wales 2013 Competition for Aromatherapy and Reflexology: Gold medallists Sarah King and Tess Knight, Silver medallists Charlotte Williams and Jade Franz and Bronze medallist Tiffany Reynolds.
The College’s complementary students have been winning consecutive regional and national competitions for over 5 years. Silver medallist Charlotte said, “We did what we do every day – a professional treatment, winning was a bonus!” Students were judged on Health and Safety, consultation and the professionalism of the treatment delivery. Sarah’s winning treatment was hand reflexology, which she developed in College. Therapists usually do feet, making this treatment very innovative. “I left teaching several years ago to take care of my son who has Hypo Flexibility and severe allergies. His health issues interfered acutely with his sleep. However, studying alternative therapies have really helped to remedy some of his health issues, which is amazing,” said Sarah.
The competition winners all have their sight set on achieving further success after they qualify. Tess and Jade want to gain experience working with cruise liners, whilst Sarah and Charlotte are making plans to work for themselves and Tiffany is set to work in a spa hotel in Spain. “I have really discovered what I am good at and enjoy. I learnt so much from the competition – my weaknesses and my strengths, it was also a real confidence boost!” said Tess.
The award-winning team managed to demonstrate their skills further when the College invited a very special group of women into the Salon for pampering; Angela Tucker and Katie McDonald are complementary therapists at a children’s hospice called Ty Hafan and Caroline Thomas and Mags Mott have children with serious health issues. The treatments included head and body massages and facials. “We all felt wonderful after our treatments, the students all have a very professional approach to their therapies,” said Caroline Thomas.
With the continuing success of the complementary therapy department, Brecon College is seeking best practice from the winning team, “It is flattering to have our competitors wanting to learn more about how we achieve and maintain our high standards. We are planning for the Brecon team to visit Pembrokeshire College along with their students to observe and interact with ours,” enthused lecturer Cath Chapman.
Next stop Birmingham for the UK WorldSkills Competition – good luck girls!