Bantry ‘buzzing' as OT17 swings into action

January 13th, 2017 10:09 PM

By Southern Star Team

Health and wellness coach Sile Ní Chéidigh, one of the volunteers who will also be giving short talks on meeting nights in Bantry.

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Bantry was buzzing on Monday night at the launch of this year’s Bantry Operation Transformation 2017.

The Westlodge Hotel’s ballroom was packed with a selection of health and fitness gurus, yoga teachers, nutritionists and more.

Champion open swimmer Steve Redmond and local inspiration Ray Murnane were both on hand to offer encouragement to all.

‘Bantry Operation Transformation has challenged Bantry to get out and make real lifestyle changes in 2017,’ said chairwoman Rose Uí Shuilleabháin.

The group will meet on Mondays from 5.30 to 6.45pm, for the regular weigh-ins, free workout sessions and talks.

‘If you missed the expo it’s still not too late to join in,’ said Rose. ‘All the information about how to take part will be on display at each Meeting Night, including the Selfie Challenge and Bantry Operation Transformation-hosted walks, one for every day of the initiative and the Mile Challenge.’

 Participants will also get an Activity Card, Activity Stickers and can enter the weekly prize draw. ‘The Team League has already attracted entrants,’ she said. ‘Last year’s winners have reformed as a team of five, and the Rowa team is focused on winning this year and Amy (BOT Activity Leader) is leading a team this year too.’

Among the entrants this year are Helen, a busy mum of four trying to get back into shape. Ruth is new to Bantry, having moved to the town after her March wedding at the Maritime, and wants to get fit and make new friends. Amy is 18, a chef, and keen to lose some weight, so she is joining the Westlodge Leisure Club for starters.

Tim the Ferry Man is going to share his experience trying to develop a healthier diet and lifestyle that will be sustainable in years to come.

For more see ActiveBantry on Facebook.

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