After spending the first two years of her life in Rinteln, Germany, (her father was a Royal Fusilier in the British Forces), Mandy moved with her family to Newcastle in 1984.
“I attended the Sacred Heart Comprehensive School in Fenham, where I grew up. When I was younger I competed in Irish dancing and always took part in any sport. In my teens I joined the army cadet force in which I spent many weekends shooting, camping, and map reading as well as competing in sports across the country. I have always been an outdoor person and most of my Sundays as a child were spent climbing the Cheviots or trenching through forests and woodlands.
I continued my interest in sport and became a fitness instructor/sports coach after a few years of studying, often spending my spare time volunteering at the local sports centre.
In 1997 I furthered my career by joining North Tyneside Council Sport and Leisure department where I have had various roles from lifeguarding to sports coaching. I finally settled within the sports development team where I run the StreetGames Project which involves diversionary activities for young people, and the Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers as well as many other events and sessions.
In my spare time I continue to Irish dance after having a 15 year break, as well as joining in a casual run a few times a week with Run North Tyneside.
I joined the Friends of High Borrans as I would love more young people to enjoy the centre experience which I have shared with many young volunteers and participants over the past 5 years.”
We are delighted to have Mandy on the team, bringing her expertise, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the table.