Meet Our Staff – Yvonne Ryan
Yvie started off in the corporate world working in a variety of Mechanical/Chemical Engineering companies in a Secretarial and then later, a Human Resources capacity. In 2004, she decided to further her education and studied an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Open University while working in Education with young people who had been excluded from school, and also with providers of NVQ training to improve the skills and qualifications of young people and adults in the North West. Alongside this, through her passion for running Yvie also studied to become a fully qualified personal trainer and sports massage therapist enabling people from a variety of backgrounds to achieve their sporting/fitness goals.
Yvie then went on to study an MSc at Liverpool John Moores University and graduated with merit in 2012. Aside from her academic achievements, Yvie is a keen athlete herself and has completed 6 marathons to date, 3 of which are world majors. She started competing in triathlons in early 2012 – overcoming her chimp’s fear of water, and has since successfully completed a number of Olympic distance triathlons, three 70.3 Ironman, and two full Ironman triathlons. Yvie has also represented Great Britain at the European Duathlon Championships in Kalkar, Germany in 2016, and has qualified again to compete in 2017 in Spain.
Yvie trained for 3.5 years with Dr Steve Peters (author of ‘The Chimp Paradox’), a renowned sports psychologist, who has successfully helped numerous high profile athletes reach their sporting potential.
Yvie has since worked for three years at an English Premier League Football club with players from both the academy and the first team. Previously Yvie was working for GB triathlon and para-triathlon as part of the Olympic cycle to Rio and has also played a part in selection for Podium Potential riders with the GB Equestrian Team. She has a real passion for people and helping them realise their potential and achieve their dreams – whether that be in sport or just every-day life, and works with a number of individuals from a variety of backgrounds on a 1:1 basis.
Yvie will embark on a PhD in 2017 to further her knowledge and skills, with a focus on mindfulness and visual imagery. Away from the sporting world, Yvie enjoys singing, she classically trained at the age of 19 and has performed at various venues including weddings and shows….although rather rusty these days with her sporting activities and study taking priority.