It’s time for you to meet another member of the team here at Sports Travel International.
This week we’re throwing the spotlight on Lewis. Lewis is our go to Social Media and Digital Marketing person. He talked to us about getting time away from the screen. Spending time walking, appreciating extra family time, and all the little projects that have helped to get him through the pandemic.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi I’m Lewis. I’m 26, and how would I describe myself? I don’t know really, probably a sports geek?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always played sport, watched sport, and just lived and breathed all things sport. I don’t really get much time to play anymore, as my time goes into being a dad of two boys under 2 (this, I have found to be more active than any sport I’ve played). They bring me joy everyday and have given me a real purpose for my life. I love the outdoors and going for long walks. That’s probably my favourite hobby now, going for a walk with my family. Whatever the weather, we’ve managed to keep that up throughout lock-down.
Q: How did you come to be involved with Sports Travel International and what do you do there?
I joined Sports Tours International in 2017. I work in the marketing team. I’ve been fortunate to work on multiple brands at the same time, which has been enjoyable. I like the challenge of working with multiple different customer audiences. I work across Club La Santa, Sports Tours International and, since 2019, I’ve been fortunate to work on the Sports Travel International side of things too.
Aerial view of Club La Santa – Lewis has enjoyed the variety of marketing across all Sports Tours International brands, including Club La Santa – Lanzarote
Q: How has your job role changed during the pandemic and lock-down and how have you adapted to these changes (particularly while remote working)?
I think probably everyone will have faced some changes to their role during this time. I’ve taken on more work as we look to steer through to the better times, and I guess the main change for me is working from home regularly at the moment. It feels sort of like spinning multiple plates, trying to get the Daddy/work balance right and I know everyone is in the same boat on that front.
At times this last year has been challenging but it’s rewarding too. From a work perspective, the pandemic has made me realise how important it is to talk to colleagues and customers frequently. I think our customer service has been pretty efficient throughout all this. We have always tried to put the customer first, and seeing all the great feedback on social media really does mean a lot. I think the team spirit at Sports Travel International, mainly led by Fids, has kept us all going and pulled us together. We feel like more of a team than ever, which is great for when we get back to doing what we all do best – helping people take on amazing events.
Q: What have you done during lock-down to ‘get away from it all’?
I’m someone who likes taking little projects on. I mean, at the start, I wasn’t one of those people who went and learnt a new skill or anything. I just put more time in with my first son and went for loads of walks with him. Then, as the pandemic dragged on, my partner Jess was nearing the end of pregnancy. She was in full nesting mode, so we were doing plenty of little DIY tasks that time. We had our second boy late October, and it’s been a blessing really having them both around. Watching Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine, instead of the news, has been surprisingly beneficial for my mental health. To be honest I don’t get much free time at the minute, but since my second boy has been born I’ve been spending time learning Spanish on Duolingo, whilst doing night feeds. I’ve also found a love for podcasts during the pandemic. They’ve been handy to have on in the background throughout the day.
Q: What is your favourite destination and why?
Hmm this one’s really tricky! I love travelling, but it’s probably between two. I’ve been fortunate enough to go to New York both on holiday and also for work with our trip to New York for the TCS NYC Marathon in 2019. It was simply incredible. I was at the start and finish getting loads of photos. I actually found it quite moving seeing the sheer numbers of people, and the atmosphere was electric. New York, as a city, is just phenomenal. I love it.
My other favourite is Rome.I love the history, and it’s the perfect city for a short city break; not too big but big enough to keep you busy all weekend. The food? Well that goes without saying, just superb. I can’t think of anything better than sitting near the Colosseum at night, with the lights shining on it, and enjoying amazing Italian calzones, pastas and red wines. Yes that’s right up my street. I’d love to run the marathon there too, one day. I’d feel like a gladiator with the race starting right outside the Colosseum.
Q: What have you got planned for 2021?
I hope to simply get back to a few things that I’ve realised I’d been taking granted. Seeing friends, doing more sport, watching more sport live. I want to be more active. I’ve a bit of dad bod weight I want to shift. I’ll be signing up to a few 10ks, that’s for sure.
Q: Any final words of wisdom?
Spend time with your family. Do a nice thing for someone everyday if you can. This pandemic has proved how much the little things matter and one simple act of kindness could really help someone. Also walk more. I really think walks have helped me both mentally and physically in the past few months.
How mass participation events will return stronger
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