Julia Martin

I have been involved in sport and exercise for a number of years in many different capacities. My interest started at a young age in tennis and swimming, where at age 10 I had to choose between the two sports as my lessons clashed on a Saturday morning! I chose swimming and joined my local team Pontypridd Swimming Club, moving on to City of Cardiff SC at 15.

Julia MartinI was lucky enough to be coached by the world renowned swimming coach Dave Haller who coached many World and Olympic greats including David Wilkie, Duncan Goodhew, Mark Foster and more recently David Davies. I quickly rose through the swimming ranks and first represented Wales at 16, travelling and competing all over the UK and Europe. In 2000 I swam in my first Speedo World Cup competition, sharing the poolside for the first time with many international swimmers including Ian Thorpe.

That year also saw me move to Manchester to start my degree in Sports Rehabilitation at Salford University. I trained at the City of Salford SC for a year before taking time out from my degree to train under the new Nofio Cymru scheme for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. I was selected to compete in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 4x100m freestyle relay, where my best placing was 5th in the final of the 4x100m freestyle relay.

In 2003 I returned to Manchester to finish my degree. I continued combining my studies with training and in 2004 broke the Welsh record in the 50m Freestyle at the European Trials becoming the fastest woman in Welsh history and for the first time, breaking into the World top 50.

During the final few months of my degree in 2005, I was lucky enough to work as a trainee Sports Rehabilitator for the 2005 Rugby League World Club Champions, Bradford Bulls. As part of their medical team I treated injured players and took rehab sessions in the gym and pool. I then moved back to Wales to train full time for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, but after a mix up in the selection criteria I became involved in the management side of the team instead. I worked in Singapore and on the Gold Coast in Queensland with the swim team for their two month training camp before ending up in Melbourne for the Games. I retired from competing in 2006 having been unbeaten over 50m freestyle in Wales for 2 years, and still hold the record to date.

My professional career then developed at first in the Celtic Manor Golf Resort where I worked as a Fitness Consultant and undertook a specialist Golf Injury Rehab course, then later I moved to David Lloyd and trained as a Health and Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and Spin teacher.

In 2008 I left David Lloyd to continue my education and to work for myself. I qualified as a Pilates teacher and am currently working towards a post degree diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage. The area I enjoy working in most is that of postural correction, injury rehab, sports massage and remedial exercise.