carnegieXchange Alumni Talk with Vicki Gilbert
Back and forth from Patient to Practitioner
As an Alumni of Leeds Beckett University, Vicki Gilbert epitomises the positivity, resilience and proactivity we encourage in all our students. Despite being diagnosed with, and treated for bone cancer, during the second year of her Physical Education degree, she graduated with her cohort and qualified as a secondary Physical Education teacher. Even after Vicki’s leg was amputated and her cancer misdiagnosed, she continued to forge a career in education specialising in in Adapted Physical Education. Her work has impacted so many people either through her work as a Coach Educator though Sports Coach UK, as a freelance Disability Equality Trainer, and as a lecturer here in the Schools of Sport and Education.
In 2016 Vicki was diagnosed with cancer again, this time an accurate diagnosis of aggressive breast cancer. Undeterred, Vicki has continued to inspire others through her work and fundraising efforts including being a member of the English Channel relay team in 2018, straight after the treatments for cancer. Her accomplishments have recently been recognised through her receiving The Yorkshire Choice Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution, in part because of her work in physical activity for those living with and beyond cancer.
Vicki’s talk promises to be inspiring, entertaining, and from the heart and will in some way, impact all of those in attendance.