Sarah Ann Gray

It is clear to see from the number of nominations that Sarah-Ann received that she is a real inspiration and has made a huge impact on many people's lives during lockdown!

Sarah-Ann is one of our This Girl Can Ambassadors and has been a Zumba instructor for a number of years. During lockdown she quickly set up a full programme of online Zumba classes at a variety of levels (normal Zumba, seated Zumba and Zumba Gold) at various times of the day over most of the week, providing clients with a good choice of activities to participate in that fitted around juggling home schooling and work commitments. She even took the time to stay online after the sessions finished to have a cuppa and chat with anyone who wanted to, and for some this was a real lifeline, particularly for those living alone.

Sarah-Ann has shown her fun can-do attitude to exercise, encouraging women of all ages, shapes and sizes and fitness levels to just achieve their own personal goals and most importantly have FUN! She has revived many women's love for Zumba and one of her clients even got her children involved in her classes as well as her 83 year old mum, who now also has the Sarah-Ann bug and has been doing chair Zumba classes online, having not exercised in years!

One of Sarah's clients had this to say:

Where do I start! Sarah is the most beautiful soul who can uplift you when you are feeling at your lowest. Sarah sent out many motivational videos to us, her Zumba class participants, and I can honestly say that without her I would not have done one single bit of exercise other than walking the dog daily during lockdown! Sarah continued to face the awful time we all went through with a big infectious smile on her face. We all laughed together & cried together too. Sarah did online classes for us to keep us all fit & healthy & I cannot thank her enough for being such a wonderful person & motivator

It is clear to see from the vast number of comments Sarah-Ann received in the nomination process that she has had a real impact on many people's lives that will stay with them forever.

"Sarah-Ann's efforts to keep us all motivated have made more of an impact than anyone could ever know. It's hard to put into words just how much she helped myself and others, but what I can say is that she got me through some dark times. I could not join in with many classes due to working from home & simultaneously homeschooling my children but the ones I could join in with were just such great fun"

Her classes and infectious personality have also made a big difference to those people who find exercising difficult:

"Having Congenital Heart disease and undergone major heart surgery in 2015, I am a little restricted in how much bouncing around I can do safely! Sarah makes exercise fun. She is so welcoming and encouraging that I leave each class full of smiles and a sense of achievement. I love her soul. She does so much to encourage many in the community, it is no doubt the highlight of many of her students week"

Sarah-Ann is a true hero, changing many people's lives with fitness, laughter, happiness and body confidence. Well done Sarah-Ann, you thoroughly deserve the recognition for the impact you have made. This Girl most certainly can!