Lee Sidebotham https://leesidebotham.co.uk Journalist | Blogger | Traveller Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:49:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://leesidebotham.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Letter-L-icon-150x150.png Lee Sidebotham https://leesidebotham.co.uk 32 32 Lydia Tabrizi on Living Her Dream as a Marine Biologist https://leesidebotham.co.uk/lydia-tabrizi-on-living-her-dream-as-a-marine-biologist/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:49:00 +0000 https://leesidebotham.co.uk/?p=708

Originally written for Wigan Today

Local environmentalist and blogger Lydia Tabrizi has been working on the front line on a once in a lifetime project.

Over the past six months Lydia, 24, has partnered with leading organisations and industry experts from across the world as part of an international environmental scheme. The ultimate aim of the programme is to pass on skills and experience to help inform and shape the future career opportunities of young people while also broadening their views of potential jobs in the marine sector. Only two internships are available every year and Lydia proved that she was the best candidate to take on the opportunity.

Lydia’s passion for the environment started from an early age: “It developed when I was really young. I remember going to an aqua park in Portugal and that’s when my interest started to grow.

“I decided to take an extra year at college before deciding about University. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and so I ended up choosing something that I was really passionate about.”

Lydia studied biology at Runshaw College before specialising in marine biology at Bangor University, gaining her master’s degree in the process. Following her internship, Lydia has secured a role as Marine Lead Advisor with Natural England.

“The internship last year was really varied and gave me great insight into working in the marine sector. I helped with mud dipping and beach school events; carried out seal, seagrass and wading bird surveys. I also learnt about how offshore windfarms are developed, constructed and operated on a day-to-day basis.”

“The most important part of my internship was doing a research project to look at the possibility of the co-existence between fisheries, Marine Conservation Zones and offshore windfarms. This novel study looked at opportunities for fishermen to diversify to more sustainable fishing methods (using creel pots instead of trawling), which would limit the impact of fishing on fragile marine life and allow fishing to co-exist with developments at sea. The competition for space in the sea is ever-increasing so projects like this, which can benefit conservation, local communities and sustainable development, are really important.

“I honestly can’t speak highly enough of the entire scheme. I have had so many unbelievable experiences and I’d really like to commend the internship. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

The scheme, ran by The Crown Estate, is managed by the North West Wildlife Trust which have locations across the Lancashire and Merseyside Region.

Ben Rea – Motorcycle Champion of the Future https://leesidebotham.co.uk/ben-rea/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:32:22 +0000 https://leesidebotham.co.uk/?p=313

For a man of his age, Ben Rea’s rise in becoming an established motorcycle racer makes his achievements that more impressive. The twenty-seven-year-old from Clitheroe already has a number of accomplishments to his name, standing on podiums with the likes of Guy Martin in the past. Ben is also the proprietor of REA-Racing, based in Whalley, Lancashire. The leading North West Dyno Centre offers a wide-range of both technical and mechanical services. From race preparation and custom tuning, to routine services such as MOTs.

I had the opportunity to interview Ben about his career so far, and more importantly where he sees himself and the team in the future:

So how much does it come down to your skill as a rider and the ability of the bike?

“Don’t get me wrong, you need a good bike underneath you. But at the end of the day you could have the best bike on the grid but unless you ride it properly there’s no point in having it.”

What’s your pre-race routine and are there any nerves on your side before a big race?

“I just try and chill out really. The best results, especially around the Isle of Man recently, have come from having a sleep ten minutes before setting off. Just because you’ve not had chance to think about what could go wrong.”

Finally, what are your plans for the near future and where do you see yourself and REA-Racing in the next five years?

“I’ve got a couple of small meetings towards the end of this year. But the big plan is getting established in the classic racing game, especially over in Ireland. Then there’s a few big classic European meetings we might plan on doing next year, one of them being Spa in Belgium. I especially want to do the Isle of Man again and chasing lap times.

“I just want to keep bettering myself really, I’ve got some personal goals. Until it comes to a point when you think you’re doing the best and you can’t do any better, that’s when you stop. I’ve got years in me still.

I still want to get involved in more Nero bike stuff and upgrade some Dyno software. We’re still quite a new team being six-year-old and I’ve got a few more plans in place. I just want to better the same things I’m doing at the minute. I’ve always had a dream to own my own swanky new unit, but just doing the same work I’m enjoying right now.”

From my morning spent with Ben, his passion for everything motorcycles and racing were clear. Whether he’s out on the roads or working on the bikes back at base, he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This won’t be the last time you hear the name, Ben Rea.