Toni – England

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Name: Toni

Age: 28

Height: 5’3’’

Star sign: Scorpio

Occupation: Corporate Resourcer at Lakehouse PLC

What are you favourite hobbies and why? I have been lucky enough to be a horse rider for the majority of my life, born in to a family of horse lovers I started competing in Show Jumping aged four on our family pony Beaujolais a 12.2hh strawberry roan, she took me through until I was twelve and had outgrown her to the point I was knocking the poles down with my own feet, we won the UK Riders working hunter final aged 9 and many other rosettes and trophies. I now compete in British Showjumping on Dance on V.U or Bridget as she is known at home, we become National Champions 2014 and this year were ranked 12th qualifying us for the Horse Of the year show semi final out of 1600 riders in my region.

My other sport that I participate in is Rugby, I play with Blackheath women, Blackheath is the first rugby club in the world and I feel honoured to play at a prestigious club. For me rugby is the ultimate selfless team sport, played incorrectly it can be dangerous and you have the responsibility of looking after your own team as well as attacking correctly to avoid potentially life changing injuries to your opponents.  I cannot put into words the adrenalin rush that I feel when I am running down the pitch towards the try line with 15 girls chasing after me. I hope that my time in Face of The Globe will help me reach out to other women to give the sport a go and moving forward hopefully sports that were predominantly played by men will see an increase of women playing.

What is your biggest ambition:
Career wise I am very settled and hope to stay with Lakehouse for the foreseeable future. My ultimate goal would be to win Face of The Globe, I think it is every girls dream to be a beauty queen but for me it’s a little deeper than that. I grew up with a speech impediment and struggled with bullies in my younger days. I couldn’t stand up in class and read a poem and now I am able to stand on stage and deliver a speech to a crowd of people. For me it would be the ultimate victory in personal growth and development to compete in London and Paris and to win would just be the glitter dusting on my own fairytale ending.

Charity you would nominate to receive 10% of our fundraising if you are the  highest fundraiser, and your reasons why:
My chosen Charity is The Brain Tumour Charity. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Over 9,100 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour each year. As many brain tumours are not recorded, the figure could be much higher in reality. That’s 25 people every single day. Over 500 of these are children and young people. 25% of these will die – one child every three days.

Unfortunately for me and many others these are just not statistics, someone very close to me who up until the age of 30 was living a very normal life, socialising and playing Hockey and Rugby and then out of nowhere felt unwell, doctors confirmed it was a brain tumour, he battled the disease for three years and had 4 major operations to remove the tumours but each time they just grew back and sadly he passed away June 2014. A page was set up in his memory and so far I personally have raised nearly £1000 by running the British 10K and it would mean a lot to me if I could add a substantial amount in his memory. www.thebraintumourcharity.org

Languages Spoken or would like to learn: I speak English and would love to learn to speak French and Spanish.

Countries you have visited: I have yet to travel much,  in fact I have only been abroad twice to Spanish Islands. I aim to change this and would love to see the world especially Iceland for its untouched beauty.

Favourite Disney movie and why:
My favourite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. I think this movie teaches children to love and be kind to people for who they are and not what they look like.

 

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