We decided it was time to introduce you to another of our team here at Sports Travel International.
Today, we’re sitting down with Meg. Meg has been working with the team at Sports Travel for just shy of two years now and her focus is all things content. Blogs, web -pages, itineraries – you name it! Meg spoke to us about her passion for sharing her love of all things sport with others, both through her work with Sports Travel International, and in her other work in the sports and leisure industry, and how the global COVID – 19 pandemic altered her plans and outlook over the past 12 months.
Meg enjoying a drink after a long day of training at Club La Santa
Q: So, tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, I’m Megan, most people call me Meg, and I’m 27. I have always been involved with sports (I’m still a member at the swimming club I joined in 1997). But, after several years working as a Personal Trainer and Swimming Coach, I went back to university, where I studied English and Creative Writing. I joined Sports Tours International almost two years ago now, and have really enjoyed being able to combine my two passions (writing and sport) as part of the team here.
Outside of work, I love the arts, theatre and in particular poetry. I cannot even tell you how much I am looking forward to the return of live entertainment. I’m also still very involved in Sports. I completed my first marathon in 2019 and had been training to complete the legendary Challenge Roth Long Distance Triathlon in 2020; a dream that is staying on ice – just for now.
Meg completed her first marathon, on home soil in Manchester, in 2019. She is hoping to make Dublin her second.
Q: How did you come to be involved with Sports Travel International and what do you do there?
I started at Sports Tours International in August 2019, not long after Sports Travel International joined the Sports Tours group. I have always worked across all of the brands in the Sports Tours family, and love the variety it brings to my job role. My days can go from writing a web-page for a leisure cycling tour in Austria to writing a blog about the best sites to see while on a trip to run the Chicago Marathon; no two days are the same, and I love that.
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 have found working from home pretty tough at times. I enjoy the buzz of an office environment, and also, as my job role sort of fits between a few departments, I find it easier to be around all the different departments in one place. That said, online platforms such as Zoom and Teams have made virtual collaboration much easier over the last 12 months.
One of the biggest challenges I faced during the lock-down period was creating engaging and relevant content for a sports travel company, during a time of very limited sports and no travel! I was, however, able to draw on my own experience as a personal trainer, to write some workout from home guides, and I really really enjoyed putting together the stories of previous Sports Travel International clients and sharing their amazing adventures with us!
Q: What have you done during lock-down to ‘get away from it all’?
Exercise has always been somewhat of a therapy for me. In the first lock-down, I was all about home circuits and open water swimming, and even (wildly improvised) paddling pool swimming. Then, as restrictions eased a little, I got back out on my bike and was also able to head out for hiking days again! The winter lock-down months have been particularly challenging for me, but have given me chance to slow down a little. I have been reading and writing more, and have found myself rediscovering long forgotten pass-times!
Desperate times… bungee cords and a paddling pool for lockdown ‘swimming’.
Meg has rediscovered a love of cycling over the last 12 months
Q: What is your favourite destination and why?
This is a tough one. I guess it really depends why I’m going somewhere.
My partner and I love to travel to do races and events, it’s a great way to combine race day excitement with incredible holiday memories. My favourite race trip was probably Dubai, mostly because I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did! It’s a place like no where else on earth, and the race there was no exception. There were even chandeliers in the expo tents!
Dubai is a place like nowhere else on Earth and a triathlon race experience not to be missed
For training, honestly, you really can’t beat Club La Santa. Especially for triathletes. It’s so handy just having so many top quality facilities at your fingertips round the clock. One of the toughest things about triathlon is finding the time and space to train all 3 disciplines. At CLS you can get an early swim in, hit the track for an hour or so, break for lunch, head out on a long ride in the afternoon, and still find time to relax in the evening. Last time we went, we got really into the lunchtime yoga sessions. It was so great just to break off in the middle of the day, and take the time to stretch and meditate. Forget a day in the life; at Club La Santa, it’s more like a life in a day.
Bike rental at Club La Santa means you can have great days out on the bike, without having to risk flying with your bike
However, my all time favourite destination is probably Cornwall in England. OK, so, that might not sound so exotic, but we’ve always gone, ever since I was a kid. I have so many special memories and favourite hidden places down there; sometimes it feels more like home than home does! As for the scenery? You can’t beat it; especially if, like me, you’re a lover of the sea!
Q: What are your plans for 2021?
As much as I’ve really missed racing, I’ve also really appreciated taking time for new and different things. I’ve really got into hiking over the last year, and that’s something I’d like to continue to make time for. Missing things has also made me really appreciate all of the ‘normal ‘ things we take for granted. So my plans for the rest of the year? As soon as they reopen, get to the theatre as much as possible. Spend more time with the friends and family that I’ve missed over the last few months. Spend as much time out in nature as possible – yes even with the glorious Manchester weather! Then, once we can travel again, get myself back to Club La Santa, and start building towards Challenge Roth 2022!
Meg can’t wait to run to the legendary finish line at Challenge Roth 2022!
Q: Any final words of wisdom?
Wisdom, as I’m sure plenty of people could tell you, has not always been my strong suit. What I have learnt from this year however, is that it is ok to slow down, to appreciate everything you have and enjoy even the smallest adventures, and that working from home is always more interesting when you have a cat!
Vincent the cat doing his very best working from home