Kelly braced for award

Release Date: 31 October 2016

Crossing the Caird Hall stage to celebrate gaining her HNC took one D&A graduate slightly longer than she anticipated – Kelly Kyle was on crutches and sporting a moon-boot brace on her big day.

Kelly Kyle (picture: Ron Cathro)

Bad things are said to come in threes and Kelly’s experience seem to prove it – the student was admitted to hospital for an emergency appendectomy at the start of her HNC fitness health and exercise; made a return visit to Ninewells Hospital in April this year to have another operation, this time to remove cartilage from her knee; and managed to break her ankle just before the Awards ceremony.

One thing the Tayport resident was quick to point out – the fracture wasn’t sports related.

“I’m sure it would sound more exciting to say I did it while ski-ing or something but actually, I fell over my boxer dog,” laughed the student.

“Mind you, an injury of that sort wouldn’t be great advert for sports – something I love dearly.”

Kelly gave up a career with the revenue service to enrol at D&A College as a full-time student.

Having been a qualified SFA referee and keen runner, taking part in marathons, the mother-of-three decided to follow her dream and carve a living out of sports.

“I only wish I had done so earlier, I’ve loved the course and intend to pursue a career in the fitness industry, taking group classes and acting as a personal trainer to help others achieve their health goals.

“And as soon as this break is healed I’ll be back refereeing matches each Saturday.”

Despite spending nine days in hospital at the start of her course and having to carry on her training with an injury while she waited for her knee operation Kelly still managed to graduate as an ‘A’ student.