Karlene - Sports Development Officer
Tell us a little bit about yourself – Your work background, your interests…
I started my sporting interests from an early age, playing many sports during school. I realised I had a passion for sport and health and wanted to follow this as a career. I studied for a BSc in Sports at the University College Worcester and have now been a sports development officer in Wiltshire for over 13 years. The role has allowed me to develop various projects to provide all ages in the community an opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity and enjoy it.
Just as I did many years ago at school, I now play netball again, which is a great way to keep fit and have fun too.
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
The three things that are the most important to me are my husband and two children, aged 5 and 9 – they are the only three things I would need to survive on a desert island!
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I have always had a passion to take part in sport, but this year I set myself the biggest challenge so far – to run a marathon. I am not a long distance runner, so this was a very demanding task to undertake. I managed to run the 26 miles in 4 hours 56 minutes and I am very proud of this achievement, especially as I also raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research.
What is your ideal holiday destination?
My favourite holiday would be to visit my husband’s home country of The Gambia, in West Africa, to experience the diverse cultures, wildlife and magnificent beaches.
What's the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
Working part time at Wiltshire Council allows for flexible working which suits my needs as a working mum of two young children. It allows me to achieve a good work-life balance, between both work and other aspects of life, whether those are family-related or personal interests.
A good work life balance helps me to provide positive contributions to shaping the direction of the team and improving service delivery.