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Triathlete Twins on a new track with part time course at North West Regional College

12 June 2020
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Champions Judith and Chloe MaCombe are a force to be reckoned with.

Both graduates of Geography from Ulster University, the twins have achieved multiple success in the field of Tri-Athletics.

And now they’re hoping to encourage and support others into the field of Sport, by completing their YMCA Level 2 Certificates as Fitness Instructors with North West Regional College (NWRC).

The 25 year-old sisters began their part time course at NWRC earlier this year, with the aim of moving into careers that support others to get involved in Sport. Their plan now, is to complete their exams and move into their Level 3 course in September.

Diagnosed at birth with a form of albinism which means their vision is restricted to around one third of that of a person with 20/20 vision, the sisters have consistently refused to let their eyesight hold back their ambition.

As well as their success in the Para Tri-athlete world, the girls are also active in the field of Rugby, Karate, and Rowing, as well as playing the clarinet, flute, piano and guitar.

Chloe says she got into Triathlon training by ‘accident’ but she’s now hooked and has been training for three years and is currently ranked 19th in the world.

She explained: “Since leaving uni i got really into sports and training, and decided to see if I could try and put some actual knowledge behind my passion for sports. I looked at many online courses but when I found the part time NWRC Fitness instructor course I thought it would be more beneficial to have a face to face tutor.

“The course involves practical learning in the gym as well as classroom based learning, both of which I really enjoy! I’m hoping I can sit my exams and move onto the Level 3 personal training qualification, also at NWRC, and from there, possibly sports physio- something I’ve always been incredibly interested in since starting triathlons.

“I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who is interested in starting a career in fitness.”

Judith, who trains alongside her sister almost every day, says the challenge of triathlons constantly keep her motivated, and she wanted to take it to the next level and study a sports course.

She said: “ I had been thinking of studying again so had been looking at courses to do with sport because I train a lot and thought it would be helpful to me and would enable me to encourage others to get involved in sports, as well as a good opportunity to further my career. We had lots of support including being given iPads to help us with the powerpoints in class. I’m hoping to sit my exams soon so I can start the Level 3 course in September.”

Enrolments for North West Regional College’s 2020/2021 part time courses will OPEN on June 15, 2020.


The College has just launched its new part time course guide– with hundreds of courses to choose from, ranging from: Photography, Tour Guiding, Book Keeping, Dental Nursing, Professional courses, Computing, Counselling, Carpentry, Welding, First Aid, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty, Chocolate Skills, Sports Massage, Fitness, Administration, Early Years, GCSE Science, Maths and English, and much more…

Course information is now available to view online at www.nwrc.ac.uk/parttime, providing details of the hundreds of part-time courses on offer at the College’s Strabane, Derry~Londonderry, Springtown, Greystone and Limavady campuses.

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