Devon Majorettes boost Sadie's confidence
EXETER student Sadie Trent has gone from a nervous victim of bullying to a confident city majorette.
Sadie, 19, who is studying journalism and practical media at Exeter College, has turned her life around after featuring in a Beat The Bullies campaign, which aimed to highlight some of the problems of bullying and how local organisations were tackling it.
And now she has found extra help with the Devon Dynamite Majorettes who train twice a week at Whipton Barton Junior School.
Sadie and her mother took action because Sadie was having difficulties at school.
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Now she says she has become a "totally different person".
She said: "I used to really lack confidence. I never went out. I feel completely different now."
Sadie, who lives off Cowley Bridge Road, Cowley, switched schools and made friendships which last to this day.
She then went to college and completed two diplomas, one in media production and one in creative and media production.
She is now set to follow her dream of becoming a journalist.
She said: "I'm quite nervous but it's something I've always wanted to do and I'm really proud of myself.
"Joining the Dynamite Majorettes has done wonders to help boost my confidence and has also given me a whole new circle of friends.
"They and the trainers have been wonderful and it has made such a difference.
"I would say to anyone who is being bullied just to stand up to them and not let them get away with it."
Sadie's self-esteem has received another major boost since she started volunteering at the YMCA centre, helping staff organise activities for children.
She said: "I love it and I'm going to keep doing it. It's really helped my confidence. The staff are approachable and when I do something good they praise me, whereas I always used to get put down."