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Christelene Steinhobel

My name is Christelene Steinhobel and I am 25 years old. I was born in South Africa and lived there for 12 years before Immigrating to the UK in 2003. I got my GCSE’s and A levels at Tupton Hall Sports College which lead me to do a HND in Sport Science at Loughborough College on a scholarship.

Throughout my school years I have always been a keen sports person, taking part in netball, hockey, cross country and athletics where I represented Derbyshire County in Pentathlons. I have always taken an interest in cricket, playing with the boys until I joined Derbyshire’s girl’s u/13 team. Since then I have played for the senior women’s County team at Derbyshire until I moved to play Division one cricket for Warwickshire in 2011. When I got to Loughborough I made it onto the MCCU women’s cricket academy where we were coached by Nicola Shaw, Katherine Brunt and Graham Dill.

After I finished my HND at Loughborough College I started playing rugby socially for Loughborough RFC. Later I also joined the 7’s team as we toured around playing in different tournaments and this is where I developed a real interest to commit and play sevens at a higher level. I got invited to the divisional trials and training camps but never got the chance to represent the Midlands before I moved back to S.A.

When I moved to S.A I continued training on my own before joining the Leopards at the National Tournament in Nelspruit. For the first time in Women’s rugby history, SARU agreed to give financial backing to open up 24 spots to all of the women playing in the National tournament and to have the chance to fill those spots on the day. I was lucky enough to have been chosen as one of the 24 players and to have gone to a training camp in Stellenbosch alongside the S.A Springbok Ladies 7’s team. Since then I have moved to play for the Blue Bulls in Pretoria, and have gone to Dubai 7’s with Tuks University where we competed in the International Invitational group against France, Sweden, Wales and Kenya.

My passion for sport was manifested at a young age being able to push myself to compete at the highest levels and having the opportunity to be coached and trained by the best strength and conditioning coaches and international players. Working with these people I have grown an interest in nutrition and conditioning myself. Shadowing and learning from our S&C coaches for the last 4 years I have also had the opportunity to make gym programmes for teams and individuals as well as give nutrition advice based on seminars and talks I’ve attended combined with my own knowledge and experiences as an athlete.
I push myself in every training session to be specific and mindful of what my goals are and how i will reach them. I ask questions, I make suggestions and I make sure I know my own strengths and weaknesses mentally and physically, so I can turn those weaknesses into strengths and be the most robust, intelligent athlete I can be. In return i give myself the opportunity to reach my own dreams and ambitions, and hopefully one day i can help other athletes do the same.

‘Commit To Growth And Change, Be Tested…Be Ready’

Christelene Steinhobel

Nikki Snyder

I’m a 25 year old female from Hegins PA. I grew up playing basketball, soccer and softball. I went to Lebanon Valley College after I graduated high school where I played four years of college soccer. At LVC I currently hold the all time scoring record as well as having the privilege of being the only woman’s soccer player to be chosen as an All-American. After graduating college with a biology degree I took a year off from school and worked in a lab. This is when my road to fitness really began. I started cross fit training and fell in love. I soon realized that lab work wasn’t for me and I began applying to second degree nursing schools in PA. I soon was accepted into Bloomsburgs accelerated nursing program where I am currently.

I started playing rugby last spring and I fell in love with the sport immediately. I trained hard in the gym and on the pitch to be the best player I could be. My team and I were rewarded with a second place finish in the national championship. I really began to focus on my nutrition over the summer and began to put on more muscle and mass.

This Autumn I greatly improved my rugby game and had the opportunity to start as a 15’s player in the #12 (centre) position. Again my team and I worked hard to battle throughout the season. We were undefeated in the regular season throughout the MARC championship. Our only loss came in the final four in South Carolina against Davenport. We ended the season 12-1 and I was chosen to travel to Florida for an All-star camp on December 27-January 4th where I will have the opportunity to not only improve my rugby skills but also have the opportunity to be selected to play for the USA women’s rugby team.

So far my workouts consist of heavy lifting and light to moderate cardio. I try to eat around 2000 calories a day or more to keep my size as well as 200grams of protein. I can’t wait to hear back from you and see what your program has to offer!

Nikki Snyder - Rugby

Lewis Lodge

Lewis was first spotted at about age 8 and played for local Bedford Town, where he quickly progressed and saw a lot of success with his young team. He was then approached by Luton Town and Luton based club Crawley Green, which meant travelling an 1 1/2 hour round trip 4 times a week.

He was asked to captain Crawley Green at age 12, and rose to the occasion, the boys had complete success within their area, beating every team around. Lewis went off on trials with Tottenham and QPR.

At u14 with Luton Town, himself and his team mates travelled to compete in the European cup, and they brought the trophy home.

Now in u15 season, Lewis and his Sunday League team Crawley Green were winning everything and made the tough decision to reform their team as AFC Dunstable, so they could play in a higher league. Within 2 weeks of the change of club, with Lewis still captaining the squad, they travelled up north with only 12 boys and competed in The Aces national tournament, where it went down to penalties in the final matches and it took Lewis as Captain to stand up and take the first penalty. They came 3rd in the UK.

Lewis was also asked to represent Bedfordshire County schools and County FA squads. Lewis made the tough decision of leaving Luton Town after 4 years to move to Stevenage FC.

This season has again been so busy for Lewis, whilst juggling GCSEs he is still Captaining AFC Dunstable, was asked to Captains County schools, continues to play for FA. He has also been called upon numerous times to represent AFC Dunstable u18s, at one of chose matches, he was spotted by Crystal Palace and since January he has been Captain of their u16 squad in The Hyde League, whilst still training with Stevenage & captaining Dunstable.

Lewis will be using Ekspert Sports Performance to help improve the physical aspect of his game. He believes that the weight training program and nutrition plan can have a great impact on his on-field performances.

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