Shelly hails gym revamp

Paralympic Silver medalist Shelly Woods with Adam Pratt, general manager in Bannatynes Health Club's new gym
Paralympic Silver medalist Shelly Woods with Adam Pratt, general manager in Bannatynes Health Club's new gym
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Blackpool Paralympian Shelly Woods took time out of her busy training schedule to help launch brand new gym facilities in the town.

The wheelchair star, who has won three Paralympic medals, unveiled the upgraded workout zone at Bannatynes Health Club, on Rigby Road.

Paralympic Silver medalist Shelly Woods with Adam Pratt, general manager in Bannatynes Health Club's new gym

Paralympic Silver medalist Shelly Woods with Adam Pratt, general manager in Bannatynes Health Club's new gym

Bosses at the national chain chose the Blackpool club for investment following a rise in members.

The gym has been reconfigured to meet modern training needs, and is the first one in the Bannatynes group nationwide to undertake the changes.

Club manager Adam Pratt said: “This is the biggest project we have done in the 13 years since we opened in Blackpool.

“It represents a big investment in the community, to allow for more members to help improve their health and wellbeing.

“This is an important investment by Bannatynes, and has been a major project, but everyone is delighted with the results, and members are really looking forward to using the newly enhanced free weight and functional training areas.”

Shelly, who won a silver medal in the 1,500m and bronze in the 5,000m at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, followed by a silver medal in the marathon in London four years later, uses the gym as part of her own training regime.

She said: “I train here about twice a week and it’s a fantastic place, and it is good to see the world class equipment here.

“I have to train really hard as an athlete, but if I wasn’t an athlete, I would still train to keep fit, and it’s good to see investment like this so that people in Blackpool can exercise and have healthy lifestyles.

“I am training towards the spring marathons in London and Boston.

“London has been chosen to be the venue for our World Championships by the International Paralympic Committee, which is cool, so I am working hard for that.”