Sports centre reveals new line-up of ambassadors

Those looking for some inspiration to help with their fitness goals need look no further than the Regional Sports Centre and its new line-up of ambassadors.

Seven inspirational ambassadors were introduced to the public at a launch night at Athlone Regional Sports Centre last Wednesday, with the aim of encouraging the local community to participate in physical activity and exercise.

The ambassadors are young and remarkable Athlone people who are achieving both national and international success. They are: Irish Rugby international Robbie Henshaw; Westmeath senior footballer Ray Connellan; international powerlifter Amy Donoghue; international swimmer Brendan Gibbons; weight loss achiever Noreen McEvoy; Connaught Rugby player Jack Carty; and international rower Patrick Munnelly.

A large crowd, including children from local sports clubs, turned out in the centre’s main fitness studio on Wednesday to meet the new ambassadors and to find out more about their achievements, as well as pick up some training tips and advice.

Presentations were made to each of the seven ambassadors, and video footage was shown of each one training and participating in their chosen sport, as well as speaking about their fitness journey.

Manager of Athlone Regional Sports Centre Liam Cunningham said he hoped the ambassadors would inspire people from Athlone and surrounding areas to participate in physical activity.

“They are doing themselves, their teams, their families, and their community proud and we hope as Ambassadors of Athlone RSC they will inspire our wider community to believe that anything is achievable and that participation in sport or any form of exercise is beneficial and rewarding,” he said.

“Athlone RSC feel very fortunate to offer a greatly improved facility with top-class equipment and an entertaining exercise environment for the wider community and we are committed to breaking down all barriers to exercise. No matter what age, shape, size, or ability a person may be, we want to encourage people to get active and take advantage of their Regional Sports Centre.”

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