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A BUSY YEAR AT CHANGES ~WITH SPORTSTREK COACHING ~


As 2017 draws to a close, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on what has been a busy year at our ‘Changes’ pool and gym facility at Embleton.


Our focus in the gym has changed slightly, with a new emphasis on staff facilitating ‘mini circuits’ in small groups, pairs or individuals. This has proved popular with members and a great alternative to following their personal programme.


Our emphasis to members during these circuits, is to provide them with the knowledge to try some functional, balance movements such as free weights and exercises on the suspension trainer, gym ball and resistance bands.


FREE AND PERSONAL TRAINING FOR ALL MEMBERS


This allows more muscles to be ‘enhanced’ through exercise, therefore increasing muscle tone, weight loss and general fitness. Functional exercises allow us to enhance the supporting groups of smaller muscles around the main working muscle. These smaller muscles and this kind of workout, contribute to allow balance and co-ordination. For example, sit ups on a swiss ball require us to use main abdominal muscles to do the actual exercise but also smaller ones to simply ensure we don’t fall off!


Coupled with our existing weight resistance and cardio vascular equipment, we believe that our gym offers much more variety and flexibility in ensuring members stay on track to achieve fitness goals.


OXFAM SHOP CELEBRATES


ACHIEVEMENTS REMEMBER OUR PERSONAL TRAINING IS FREE TO ALL GYM MEMBERS!


There will be a new timetable starting in the pool for 2018, with early openings of 7.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Again, we are reacting to members needs, as the pool became busy at our traditional 8.00am openings.


We are also proud to say that during 2017, we taught more adults to swim than any of our previous five years. Swim support is FREE to all pool members. We have also helped a dozen or more swimmers become strong front crawlers, with our weekly ‘Front Crawl Workshop’ every Wednesday at 8.00pm.


Call us on 017687 76779. to arrange a free one-week gym trial and follow our members progress on Facebook at ‘Changes Pool and Gym’. Alternatively, call to ask about our Swim School (for babies up to ‘Rookie Lifeguards’) and our Soccer School and Little Changes programme.


Happy Christmas from all the Sportstrek Team! John McNamee, Director, Sportstrek Coaching


Jean Palmer, Michael Sloan, Penny Walker and Elly Rowland 50 years since Oxfam started in Cockermouth 75 years since Oxfam started as Oxford Famine Relief


Congratulating volunteer, Elly Rowland, who received an Oxfam Award for Empowerment for all her years of volunteering for Oxfam


This celebration took place in Christ Church Rooms with all volunteers, both old and new, past and present joining together to mark this occasion.


This included Mary Bradbury, one of the founding committee members, who shared stories from times gone by. The volunteers made a wonderful buffet and a delicious cake with the Oxfam logo was made by the talented Elly Rowland.


There was a talk by Fee Gilfeather, to celebrate some of the wonderful work Oxfam does around the world.


Fee presented a certificate of empowerment, part of Oxfam’s Trading Volunteer Awards to Elly. She has volunteered with Oxfam for over 25 years, both in Headingly and Cockermouth. Her vast experience working in libraries and her passion for books has shaped and moulded the Cockermouth book area which is hugely popular. The evening concluded with many of the volunteers being presented with certificates and badges to recognise the importance of their contributions to Oxfam.


Jean Palmer INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


TAYLOR AND EDEN’S GREAT NORTH ‘SPONSORED’ RUN


Proud Great Grandfather, Billy Bowman presents Taylor and Eden with a cheque for £100 from the Rotary Club of Cockermouth, of which Billy is a Past President. Taylor and Eden both completed the Great North Run, raising funds for the Pituitary Foundation, a little-known charity aimed at helping people affected by a pituitary disorder. Taylor suffers from a condition called Diabetes Insipidus, which is a life-long condition with potentially debilitating effect on sufferers.


Proud mum Louise said: “I am very proud of my children, they have raised over £1,000 for the Foundation and I am also grateful for the donation made by Rotary.”


Great Grandfather Billy said: “They are two remarkable children and I am chuffed to bits with their efforts. I'm also delighted that the doctors have been able to help Taylor get to grips with the condition, it's great that he's back playing soccer.”


Club President Brian Mitchelhill was delighted that Rotary were able to contribute to the Foundation and commented: “We were impressed by Taylor's efforts in raising the profile of the charity and decided to


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support him in the Great North Run. The club are absolutely delighted to hear of the considerable sum both he and his sister have been able to raise.”


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