Mothers Day – Sports Mum of the Year 2013

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments by

To celebrate this years Mother’s Day on 10th March 2013 we decided to address the nation and look for the worlds best #SportMum, we received over 50 entries from all worthy sports mums and family and friend nominations – those mums that take their children to Tennis, Judo, Swimming, Football, Dancing lessons and even Motocross juggling work and other life commitments to support their children’s passion and love for their chosen sporting activities – We salute you.

We had mums that take part in classes themselves from Yoga, to Spinning, Running to Cycling and still mange the school runs, children’s clubs and  running their families, however one young lady stood out from the crowd.

We are delighted and please to name Anne Newbery a Sports Regeneration Officer at Leicester City Council as our #SportsMum for 2013 congratulations Anne.

Anne Newberys’ Story

I had my second daughter last August and ran throughout my pregnancy. I completed three half marathons during 2012 up to my seventh month of pregnancy and two more within 8 weeks of giving birth. I also completed cross country and road races for my running club, as well as weekly parkruns, and various other charity races and fun runs.

I always joked when asked that I would keep running right up until the contractions started – but that is exactly what happened! I actually went into labour within an hour of completing my 87th parkrun at Braunstone at the end of a healthy 40-week pregnancy and giving birth to Pollyanna soon after. Pollyanna made her parkrun debut 6-days later, along with her big sister Bethany (6), who herself has been doing parkruns with me since just after her fourth birthday.

I now do training runs most days with Pollyanna in her racing buggy and speedwork on the treadmill in the evenings, fitting in around the girls’ meal-, bath- and bed-times.

Football is my first love however. I played at least three times a week before I fell pregnant with Bethany (as well as being a qualified coach and referee) and only took up running after having Bethany as it was no longer possible to play as regularly. I am blessed to have a daughter that shares my passion, however, and we have kickabouts together most nights after school. Her friends think she is very cool to have a football-playing mummy!

I now use my love of sport to raise money for worthy causes. I help run (and play for) a charity football team that, since its inception in 1997, has raised around £20k for local, national and international appeals. More recently I have raised many hundreds of pounds for cancer charities through my running in memory of my mum, step-father and mother-in-law who also lost their battles with this horrible disease.

I hope you agree that Anne is a real sporty mum!


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