James Lynham

HWS Activator

Explain your subject area in one sentence

The Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of students and staff at the College.

What does your role at College involve?

My role is to help deliver the HWS programme by delivering a number of physical activities every week and providing essential support to the Project Lead and Project Lead Assistant.

Describe a day in the life of you

When I get into work in the morning, I start by opening up the gym so that staff and students can get on with their daily workouts. Thoughout the day, I also run several workshops including basketball, swimming and sessions based in the sports hall.

How did you come to work at the College?

It started when the sports staff asked me to run a couple of wheelchair basketball sessions for them a couple of times a month. This led to running a wheelchair basketball tournament as part of the Sports Department Sports Day. This then led to me becoming a volunteer "Sports Activator" for the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme and helping run a lunchtime session every Thursday. After three years of hard work, the college offered me a paid job at the new Callywith College campus running the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme.

What is your aim when teaching at the College?

My aim is to encourage students and staff to become active and support them to develop active lifestyles.

What do you like most about your job?

The best thing about my job is the fact that with my help the students and staff that come to my sessions have changed mentally and physically for the better.

What's your proudest accomplishment to date?

I was a games maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games. My role was to assist anyone with mobility needs around the Olympic Park, which is where I was based. This involved driving a golf buggy around the park; I got to meet a few athletes and celebrities as well as being able to watch a couple of events. After the Paralympics finished, I received a personalised letter from the Prime Minister, thanking me for volunteering.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I'm very passionate about motorsport, whether it's competing at a grassroots level or watching top-level motorsport on TV. I also coach and play at the only Cornish Wheelchair Basketball Club called Cornwall Cougars as well as the Kernow Boccia Club, which is like a Paralympic version of bowls.

What makes you laugh the most?

Just hanging out with my friends. We all have really good banter, take the mickey out of each other and play tricks on each other.

What do you like most about living in Cornwall?

What's not to like about living in Cornwall? You're never too far from a beach and all my friends live close by, making it nice and easy to pop round to each others' places and just chill.