Spotlight on Scholarship winner, Chey

Meet Chey Fletcher, one of our 2021 Teacher Training Scholarship winners. She’s resilient. She’s kind. She’s smart. But we’ll let her do the rest of the talking.

Chey! We’re so glad to have you. Could you introduce yourself?

I’m from the Northern Gold Coast. I work in the birthing space, so I’m a hypnobirther and a doula as well. I also have a meditation qualification and a Pilates qualification is always something that I wanted to do – it’s what I can offer pregnant women and their families.

Wow, that’s such inspirational and important work. What is it that attracted you to Barre Body?

I’d seen it around on social media a lot, and when I went looking into different programs, I thought that the Barre Body program offered the most support and continuity of support. There are a lot of online ones where it’s run at your own pace but you’re left on your own as well.

I felt it was really important to have the experience so that you don’t hurt anyone but also so that you know what you’re doing and when people ask about your qualification you can share that you have gone through an extensive process.

Why does the scholarship mean so much to you?

It has been a very rough year for me and my family as I experienced a stillbirth with my first daughter in August last year, so that’s what prompted me to go into this line of work. A lot of the programs I’ve looked into have been really, really expensive and it’s just not something that’s been in our budget with the cost of our daughter’s funeral and all the other dilemmas that have happened through this year that we weren’t expecting. So it’s just been that huge pressure taken off and that really nice gift that I just can’t repay, and that I wouldn’t be able to do so quickly if I didn’t get this opportunity.

Thank you for sharing that, that can’t have been easy. We’re honoured to be able to take some of the pressure off. Can you tell us what movement means to you?

Movement is a physical and a mental thing as well. I definitely believe in the mind-body connection. You have to stay moving physically for your health, so your body doesn’t break down, but in terms of movement with pregnancy, it has been shown to have lots of really good benefits in reducing labour times and also helping with the mental aspect of pregnancy.

What are you most excited about getting out of the training?

To be able to support pregnant women and their families.

And finally, what impact do you hope your training will have on your community?

It’s not really offered in my community, there are lots of places that do Pilates, but nowhere specifically specialises in antenatal, postpartum, and pregnancy Pilates. The closest one is an hour drive away.

It was great to chat, Chey. We look forward to seeing you thrive in the training and spread the Barre Body love in your community.

Do you want to teach Pilates on your terms? Is it your dream to bring mindful movement to your community? Have you experienced obstacles – financial pressures, mental blocks, time restraints – and need extra support? We’ve got you.

Our 2022 Teacher Training Scholarship applications are open and give you the choice of Barre, Pilates Mat, or Reformer Pilates training. We review applicants quarterly, so you can apply right now, next month, or whenever you want.