Maddison Coaching are pleased to welcome a new associate to the team, Michelle Partington. Michelle is a former RAF Officer, qualified paramedic and Invictus Games competitor and she joins as our Mental Health Awareness Coach.
Michelle served with the RAF for 23 years, most of them providing Emergency Paramedic care on the front line in conflict zones across the world. During that time, she played a key part in establishing a paramedic response within the RAF, providing tactical and strategic support to the Defence Medical Services, and becoming the subject matter expert Officer. Michelle’s experiences resulted in a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Michelle retired from the RAF in 2015 and has devoted much of her time since then to educating others about mental health, often sharing her own experiences. She is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and passionate public speaker through her training and consultancy business, Mentis.
For Michelle, sport has provided a focus for her own mental health and confidence. Having never taken part in competitive sport before, Michelle was proud to be part of Team GB at the 2017 Invictus Games, representing her country in both rowing and powerlifting. Michelle is now a Games ambassador and was delighted to have the honour of carrying the flag into the opening ceremony of the Sydney Invictus Games in 2018.
Michelle will bring these extraordinary skills and experiences to the Maddison Coaching portfolio. At a time when mental health makes headlines on a daily basis, we are sure that both our professional business and sports coaching clients will find numerous benefits in working with her.