JANE DAVIDSON is a qualified Assistant Coach.
She says “I started coaching as a volunteer helper when I was 14 years old. I got my Assistant Coach license as soon as I turned 16. I love coaching. I get great pleasure from working with the kids. I hope they also enjoy having me as a coach”.
A previous gymnast, Jane has been an athlete with Aberdeen AAC since she was 9 years old and holds the club record for the 60m hurdles, 60m sprint and the long jump. She is also one of the four athletes who hold the club women’s record for the 4 x 200m relay. She has a personal best of 12.46 seconds for the 100m and 5.65m for the long jump.
When she started with the club, she tried all athletics events. She liked combined events (pentathlon) and competing in sprinting, hurdles, long jump, high jump and the shot put on the same day.
She says “as a youngster I was probably one of the littlest girls on the start line, but what I lacked in height I had in enthusiasm. I loved competing for the club and at national championships. It wasn’t until I was U15 (under 15 age group) that I won my first Scottish championship medal. By U17 I was winning championship medals in hurdles, long jump and heptathlon (7 events)”.
Jane was Scottish Senior 60m hurdles Indoor Champion in 2019. In 2020 she was Scottish U20 60m and 60m hurdles Indoor Champion. In 2020 she was invited to compete at the British Senior Championships for the first time.
She has represented Scotland at the SIAB Schools International and the Celtic Games.
One of the high-performance athletes in the club, she has been in the Aberdeen AAC Academy since its inception in 2016.
She is currently a student at the University of Aberdeen studying a Bachelor’s degree in Sports & Exercise and Science.
SHARON JAKISA is a qualified Assistant Coach.
Her motto is “Get Fit For You”.
She has over 10 years of experience in athletics as an athlete. She trains as a sprinter with Aberdeen AAC, specialising in the 60m, 100m and 200m sprints. Her PB for the 100m is 12.37 seconds. Her biggest achievement in athletics has been competing at the Spar British Athletics Indoor Championships in 2020 at the Emirates Arena, where she finished 4th in the heats.
She started with Garscube Harriers and Victoria Park City of Glasgow athletics clubs. At Garscube Harriers, she contributed to the development of its junior sprints group, teaching basic drills to younger athletes, which helped improve their performances and achieve a Power of 10 ranking.
To help children stay fit and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic, and in partnership with local community charities in Glasgow, Sharon led athletics inspired online games, to help children stay engaged and connected with the sport.
As a MSCI in Exercise and Health student at the University of Aberdeen, she now wants to utilise her knowledge of the importance of exercise on our health and wellbeing. Her aim is to help engage communities to get up and get active.
RACHEL WATSON is a qualified Athletics Coach.
She has been involved with athletics since the age of 7, firstly as a runner/hurdler and then as a coach. She used to compete as an endurance athlete in cross country and track events plus the 400m hurdles and steeplechase.
Her highlights have been winning a Scottish Schools medal in the steeplechase and representing the East of Scotland in cross country.
She was a member of Edinburgh Athletic Club, coached at Haddington Running Club, before moving to Aberdeen AAC.
At Aberdeen AAC, she coaches primary school age athletes. She has also coached toddlers, adults and the elderly in a range of sports.
During lockdown, she produced a series of online athletics sessions for children to undertake at home, “Athletics with Ruth and Rachel”, to keep the younger athletes motivated and engaged with the club.
Rachel was shortlisted for Scottish Athletics Club Coach of the Year 2020, along with Ruth Watson.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Abertay University and hopes to train as a primary school teacher.
HANNAH MUTCH is a qualified Athletics Coach.
She is an endurance athlete at the club and has been first female at the Aberdeen Beach Parkrun over 40 times. She coaches at the club children’s 5:30 sessions.
Hannah is also an accomplished bagpipe player and is currently at the University of Aberdeen studying to become a primary school teacher.