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Top athletes lead free anniversary day

Posted onPosted on 5th Nov
Top athletes lead free anniversary day

A community day that gave people in Sutton the chance to get active for free has been hailed as amazing by three top athletes.

Everyone Active and Ashfield District Council hosted the action-packed open day at Lammas Leisure Centre to celebrate the site’s 10-year anniversary.

Former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, local Paralympic gold medallist Ollie Hynd, and former British national figure skating champion David Richardson joined visitors at free activities.

Jackson, 51, a former two-time world champion, said: “Lammas Leisure Centre is an incredible site. Everyone who attended was full of energy and I could tell they enjoyed the amazing activities on offer.

“Everyone Active and Ashfield District Council have celebrated the 10-year anniversary in the best possible way by opening up the doors to Lammas and letting people enjoy its fantastic facilities for free.

“With centres like these, it isn’t just about the working out and getting fit, it is the social element as well.
Lammas is in the heart of the community, so when you’re celebrating an anniversary it is essential that everyone from the local area has the opportunity to join in.”

Visitors had the chance to try out ice skating swim sessions, fitness classes and gym workouts among other activities.
Pupils from Forest Glade Primary School, Sutton, performed and the three athletes held a question-and-answer and autograph-signing session.

A raffle was held to raise money for local charity, Bobby’s Fund.

Richardson, 31, kicked off an hour of figure skating showcases, with young local skaters Rebecca Gillespie, Meg McFarlane, Callum Mills, Daisy Daniels, Paige Elliot, Alana Pang, Lillie Pang. Freya Williams, Naomi Shaw, Amelia Allen, Caitlin Smithurst and the Lammas All Stars Synchro Team all delivering performances.

Visitors could train alongside Jackson when he joined in a Fight Klub session, a high intensity fun workout set to music, which combined boxing, kick boxing and Thai boxing.

Hynd entertained families in the pool and made a surprise appearance at pre-school swimming lessons.

“It’s a little bit strange to think that 10 years ago I came here for the first session with Sutton Swimming Club,” he said.

“It was great to see so many kids come down and enjoying being active.

“Lammas has got a great facilities. There’s something for everyone and I hope the event has inspired people to come back and the most of the opportunities available to them.”

Richardson added: “The event was absolutely amazing and it was great to be part of it. I saw people in every part of the venue and getting involved with everything that was on.

“To have the chance to come down and be part of it alongside Colin Jackson and Ollie Hynd, was brilliant.”

Council leader Jason Zadrozny was also in attendance, as he was when the centre first opened.