November 17, 2017, by Cara McIsaac-Hall

#NottsGirlsCan – Lydia Johnston

Across the country this week, universities are celebrating females in sport with the This BUCS Girl Can campaign championed by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

Here at University of Nottingham, we’re featuring a sportswoman every day who we’re proud to count as part of our #NottsGirlsCan community. From a Team GB athlete to complete beginner they all have one thing in common – sport has been a huge part of their lives and they want to share it with everyone!

First up, we chat to Lydia Johnston, currently in her first year of a Physics degree at the University, Lydia currently takes part in our Engage Inclusive programme, trying out everything from Trampolining to Horse Riding!

Why is sport important to you?

I suffer from chronic pain, so from a practical point of view, physical activity is really important as it helps to alleviate my symptoms. Just as important are the people I’ve met though; the friends I’ve made have had a huge impact on my life.

Why does sport make you feel good?

After each session I feel like I can do something new, or do something better.  I always come away feeling like I’ve achieved something.

How did you get involved with sport at the University of Nottingham?

My first experience of sport was the Engage Inclusive Sports Day at the beginning of term. I just turned up and had the chance to try out lots of different activities. The ones I liked most I carried on through the Engage programme!

When you don’t feel like it, what makes you go to a session? 

I just tell myself that I know I’ll feel better for it afterwards! Also I’m always looking forward to seeing everyone there – I know we’ll have a good laugh together.

Why do you enjoy the sports you take part in? 

There’s something about each of them I love. Trampolining is so fun and it’s the perfect way to let off steam after lectures. Climbing I enjoy because it’s a challenge and I’m learning how to use my body in new ways.  I’d never tried horse riding before coming to University and so that was just something new to try!

How has sport influenced other aspects of your life?

Sport has really increased my confidence and along the way I’ve laughed a lot and made many new friends.

One piece of advice you’d give?

You don’t have to be ‘sporty’ to do sport. Anyone can do it and should just because it’s fun!


Share your #NottsGirlCan experiences and photos with us on Twitter @UoNSport or Instagram @UoNSport and we’ll share our favourites each day!



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