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© 2019 Trans Can Sport

 The team  

Marquita Smith

Co-founder and Sport & Fitness Manager

What are your pronouns? 

She/her.

How do you identify? 

Female, queer, person of colour.

How do you keep active? 

I enjoy variety in my training. I use boxing, resistance, body weight, and interval training as part of my sessions. I also include a range of stretching and mobility techniques.

What’s your biggest challenge with fitness and sports? 

I sometimes I need to have a word with myself to not give myself a hard time. I’m very patient with other people, but I don’t always afford myself the same courtesy. 

Why did you set up Trans Can Sport?

I have friends and clients in the trans community. I was consistently hearing the same stories about their negative experiences and relationships with sports and fitness. I’ve been a fitness professional for 20 years and fitness has always been a positive part of my life. As an ally, I knew this is where I could support the most.

Where will we find you? 

Looking for future activities for Trans Can Sport, replying to your questions and bookings as well as instructing Trans Can Fight, Circuits and Lift.

Rory Finn

Co-founder and Trans Awareness Manager

What are your pronouns?  

I don’t have a preferred pronoun. Most people use he, which is generally the most appropriate. But as long as respect is there, I don’t mind what you call me!

How do you identify? 

Genderqueer, male, transmasculine, queer.

How do you keep active? 

I go to the gym to lift weights in my lunch breaks. I swim once or twice a week and I cycle everywhere. My favourite Trans Can Sport activity is Trans Can Fight and I've really enjoyed playing badminton too.

What’s your biggest challenge about fitness and sports? 

Getting and staying motivated, especially when I'm tired or after feeling unwell, and definitely when I’m feeling blue.

Why did you set up Trans Can Sport? 

Because I saw the benefits that coaching was having on me, after years of struggling to get into shape alone. On top of that, knowing the specific challenges of being trans and wanting to help others benefit from similar kinds of support.

Where will we find you? 

Getting involved in anything going! And also facilitating some sessions. I deliver the Trans awareness training for Trans Can Sport and I can often be found hatching grand plans with Marquita.

 
 

Sam Briffett

Ambassador and Activity Facilitator 

What are your pronouns?

She/her.

How do you identify? 

Trans woman.

How do you keep active? 

Swimming, skating, running, cycling, walk twice a day with the dogs, and I'm willing to try lots of other activities whenever the opportunity arises.

What’s your biggest challenge with fitness and sports? 

Staying motivated during the winter, I have to really talk myself into leaving the house for a run when it’s cold and dark outside.

Why did you get involved with Trans Can Sport? 

I recognised it as a safe place to pursue my fitness goals and meet like-minded people at the same time.

Where will we find you? 

You will find me at shorter running events of 5 – 10k, out exploring the countryside on my bike or at Trans Swimming on Wednesday evenings.

Tigger Blaize 

Ambassador and Activity Facilitator

What are your pronouns? 

I prefer he/him.

How do you identify? 

Nothing quite fits, but genderqueer, transmasculine and other are closest.

How do you keep active? 

Cycling, three 5km runs a week, walking, and with Trans Can Sport I like Fight, Pilates, Circuits.

What’s your biggest challenge with fitness and sports? 

Feeling like I’ll 'fail' or not achieve at something. I set high targets for myself! Also, my life is not routine so I occasionally struggle to find time to exercise.

Why did you get involved with Trans Can Sport? 

Exercise has always been really important to me, and been a regular part of my life. It helps me feel mentally healthy and keeps dysphoria to a minimum, as well as maintaining physical fitness, strength and flexibility. I was also keen to meet other trans people when I moved to Brighton.

Where will we find you? 

Visiting local groups as an ambassador to discuss what we do at Trans Can Sport, and facilitating some of the activities we have planned throughout the year. 

 
 

Francis  Miles

Ambassador and Activity Facilitator

What are your pronouns? 

He/him.

 

How do you identify? 

Queer, male, transmasculine.

How do you keep active? 

Trans Can Sport sessions of course! I like to try out all the different sport and activities TCS has to offer. I also keep active by strength training, love boxing sessions for cardio, enjoy kayaking and like long walks along the seafront. 

What’s your biggest challenge with fitness and sports? 

A back injury early in my transition has been a real set back physically. It’s taken some work to accept and address the issue & have the confidence to train again. It’s been important to find trans-friendly properly qualified fitness professionals whose expertise and advice I can trust.  

Why did you get involved with Trans Can Sport? 

After moving to the area I wanted to find & connect with the local trans community with activities that didn’t necessarily centre around the pub. TCS was great in helping my fitness pre/post surgery, for meeting people and for getting a workout at the same time! 

Where will we find you? 

You are most likely going to see me at TCS sessions as a participant if not facilitating, especially on sporty “taster” activities like softball, volleyball, badminton or anything on water (or IN water - I’ve previously been found at TCS getting dragged across Hove Lagoon at 20mph without a wakeboard!). 

Josetta

Ambassador and Trans Can Yoga Instructor

What are your pronouns?

They/them.

How do you identify? 

Tqpoc/queer person of colour/queer/PoC/mixed race/vegan, depends on the context!

How do you keep active? 

Yoga, cycling, walking.

What’s your biggest challenge with fitness and sports? 

Finding the time to do more, as I spend 90 minutes a day doing yoga and if possible 2 hours a day cycling along the seafront! I would love to learn Tai Chi and try other sports.

Why did you get involved with Trans Can Sport? 

Because I am a non-binary yoga teacher and want to share the fabulous benefits of yoga with my lovely trans and non-binary communities. Also because yoga makes you feel so good and I know we can really suffer with stress and mental health difficulties. I find yoga and meditation doesn't just keep me fit and strong, but it is soothing, it saves me daily and helps me get through life's difficulties. Its philosophy brings meaning to life.