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Marcus Politis

Marcus Politis

What is your day job?

Disability Sports Wales Development Officer for Gwynedd

 

Why did you get involved with (disability) sport?

My experiences span across a broad range of mainstream & disability sports.  The work now focuses on the advisory and consultancy side of disability sports (via insport a DSW Programme for LA’s, NGB’s & Clubs).  One of my many highlights was to hold Talent ID days with DTSGB and provide professional help & support for a local athlete with spinal injuries.  Two years on he has become an international athlete and has been on the podium 3 times in the last 12 months.

I've always been passionate about sports, and from an early age sport played a big part in my life.  I’ve represented my school at athletics (county games), but my highlight was becoming a British Karate Champion and the youngest member of the men’s national squad at the age of 19.   

 

How long have you been a tutor for DSW?

10 years

 

Why did you become a DSW tutor?

I was already a tutor for sports coach UK  when the opportunity to become a UK DIT Tutor presented itself.   As a tutor I wanted to develop further and to pass on my experiences to candidates…  Looking back and as things evolved I'm now a UK DIT Tutor for entirely different reasons…  Being a UK DIT Tutor provides me with the opportunity to deliver a course that really makes a difference in enhancing the lives of disabled people, and that I find most satisfying.

 

What are the good things about tutoring the UK DIT workshops?

I believe the UK DIT course provides a comprehensive understanding of disability & inclusive sports.  Both the tutors & candidates really enjoy the course as it’s delivered in an open group work and mixed delivery style.   This provides a really fun learning environment for all candidates.  The course is also available to mixed audiences i.e. teaching staff, leisure staff, coaches, volunteers and National Governing Bodies of sport. 

 

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I’m currently learning to read & write in Greek…which is my 3rd language… Who knows perhaps I'll learn Spanish next.

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