Olympic dreams being nurtured at The Heath

September 20th, 2013

Winter Olypics Bobsleigh The Heath red


Bobsleigh dynamo Rebekah Wilson has stepped up her training in the Leisure Suite at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn before she bids for success in the Winter Olympics.


Rebekah who travels to the gym three or four times a week from her home in Altringham has been selected for the Great Britain squad for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Sochi in Russia in February. A dedicated athlete, Rebekah has five national titles under her belt, was World Junior Champion 2011, British Olympic Association (BOA) Winter Sport Athlete of the Year 2011 and represented Britain on the World Cup Circuit as GB1 Brakeman 2010-2012.

She trains under the watchful eye of her coach Morris Condon at The Heath with her training partner and fellow GB athlete Abigayle Fitzpatrick. Champion hurdler Abi is currently the British number one under-23 400 metre hurdler and is ranked 14th in the world. She too is trained by Morris Condon.

The pair have proved an inspiration for other gym users at The Heath Leisure Suite which is managed by Mark McGrath. He says: “We are very proud to have the girls training here. To have two such high-profile athletes of this calibre using the facilities is an inspiration for everyone else who uses the gym. We can see exactly how hard they work at preparing for their competitions. They have to be incredibly dedicated, and we try to make it as comfortable as possible for them. They approached us about the possibility of using the gym because their coach comes from Runcorn.”

Rebekah says: “We are really happy training at The Heath. The staff are absolutely fantastic and very accommodating. The other gym users are very friendly and supportive and it is a very nice environment to work out in. We find it a much better atmosphere than a huge, clinical gym and are able to truly relax here as well as do a lot of different exercises that you wouldn’t see in a mainstream gym.”

Rebekah is entering a busy phase as the main World Cup Series begins in October and the Olympics are a few short months away. She says: “You do notice a difference in pressure in an Olympic year which is why it is so helpful to be able to train in relaxed surroundings at The Heath.”

Rebekah has trained with Abi for four to five years even though they excel at different sports. Former Liverpool LFC player Abi only turned to running to improve her fitness on the football field but just 18 months and six attempts at the 400m hurdles later, she was representing Great Britain in the first ever World Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Both attend The Heath Leisure Suite, which is open to everyone and has no joining fee. The friendly team led by Fitness Manager Mark McGrath offers a wide range of ways to improve your fitness.

There are lunch time and early evening fitness classes, an aerobics studio, mixed gym, ladies only gym, weights room, badminton and table tennis as well as Zumba, Nifty Fifties, spinning classes, box fit and weight loss with the Figure Factory.

Pictured above : Abigayle Fitzpatrick right, Rebekah Wilson and Mark Mcgrath

For details visit www.theheath.com or call 01928 515988.

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