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Lucy Buckyby

Recreation Team Leader, Watersports

Rutland Watersports

Anglian Water

Lucy Buckby is a recreation team leader in Watersports for Anglian Water. She started her career in leisure as a volunteer in 2002 and has been working in the industry ever since.

Tell us about your career

"My background is in retail management and customer focused roles. I started working in watersports in 2002 but had no specific qualifications at that time. My first role with Anglian Water was as a volunteer at Rutland Watersports. I helped out with safety duties, dishing out hire equipment, wetsuits and buoyancy aids and cleaning the centre. I soon realised that I wanted to pursue a career in watersports. Working outside, in a beautiful environment, with people enjoying their leisure time was where I wanted to be. Financially it was a difficult decision, but the job - teaching people new and exciting skills, and giving youngsters the confidence to get out on the water and achieve things they never thought possible - is incredibly rewarding. It’s a very social and happy industry, that allows you to build solid friendships and give life skills, like no other."

What are your goals?

"Anglian Water only has the one Watersports Centre, my goal is to make Rutland Watersports as successful as possible and be the centre of choice for recreational sailors and windsurfers from across the UK. I would also like Rutland Watersports to be the first choice of destination for schools, colleges and organisations within the region who wish to give their students and members a chance to experience outdoor activities. I would love to see the company open more centres at our other waterparks."

What's your favourite part of your job?

"My favourite part of the job is meeting such a wide variety of people of all ages and abilities; and getting to see them enjoying watersports as much as I do; it really is very rewarding. Many of our customers return year on year and become friends, not just customers."

Proud moments

"The proudest moment of my career was being asked to drive the boat which carried the Olympic torch across Rutland Water in 2012 alongside achieving my RYA instructor qualifications and being chosen to become the team leader at Rutland Watersports."

Working outside, with people enjoying their leisure time, was where I wanted to be

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