How Vicki has overcome two cancer diagnoses


After being diagnosed with bone cancer and going through surgery and chemotherapy, Vicki Gilbert has found the strength not only to get back into swimming, but also to deliver physical activity for cancer patients.

Vicki is a great example of how being physically active can help you take a different direction and continue to develop yourself. Swimming has been essential in her recovery both for her physical and mental health, especially when she found out again three years ago that she had breast cancer.

Between her first diagnosis and the breast cancer one, Vicki has managed to remain strong and keep herself busy by teaching exercise to disabled people, starting her Tiny Signers sign language teaching business, and even winning a European Language Award for international work and a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award.

Vicki, who also works as a lecturer in Physical Education at Leeds Beckett University and provides physical activity opportunities for cancer patients at St James’ Hospital, has become an ambassador for 5K Your Way – a movement initiative for people living with or recovering from cancer, which will be launched in conjunction with ParkRun on the 26th of October, at Woodhouse Moor.

Videographer: William Lankfer



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