Tatenda Nyatsanza

Health and Fitness Lecturer, Tatenda also works for the Equality Network.

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning, 2013

Tell us more about what it is you do…

At the moment, I’ve got a few jobs. I’m a lecturer, teaching health and fitness at community centres via Glasgow Clyde College. I also work for the Equality Network which is a human rights organisation for LGBTI people around Scotland. I also work in a food truck!

How did you end up working for Glasgow Clyde College?

After I graduated I worked at the High School of Dundee for a few years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. I decided to move back to Glasgow and hit up some old contacts. As luck would have it they had an opening for a lecturer at Anniesland college and that’s how I managed to get in.

 

The Elite Athletes Development Programme was excellent. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to get as far in the sport if I wasn’t part of it.
Tatenda Nyatsanza | Glasgow Clyde College | Lecturer

What is it you do at the Equality Network?

I help out with training. We carry out intersectional training for service providers and I assist in that. My main role at the moment is dealing with LGBTI people based in Glasgow who’re asylum seekers and refugees. We try and provide them with volunteer opportunities so they can become a part of the community a bit faster.

It’s really, really rewarding.

How important was your Abertay degree in helping you get to where you are now?

The whole experience was really good. It’s turned me into a person who wants to do a little bit of everything. The way that university was structured was a good basis for that. I was juggling placements and work and doing course work. That’s translated into me having three jobs and being busy all the time!

I’m still in contact with my uni friends, we talk to each other all the time.

Did anyone at Abertay have a particular impact on you?

A few people. John Babraj had a big impact. I was on the Elite Athletes Development Programme – I was an Olympic weightlifter, while I was at Abertay. I got to work quite closely with him and learned a lot.

Andrea Cameron was great too. She’s always been a good reference, even to this day. The relationships I have with both have lasted to this day.

How important was the Elite Athletes Development Programme?

It was excellent. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to get as far in the sport if I wasn't part of it. We got additional training and a little more leeway in terms of handing in assignments to account for competitions we were part of. It also helped financially, providing fees for competition and travel.

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