Athletes’ campaign to get people active

Cathy Bargh
Cathy Bargh

TWO athletes are featuring in a county-wide project to encourage residents to become more physically active.

Our Sporting Heroes, a six-week project run by the Healthy Weights Team at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, features national and international athletes who are contenders for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and either live or train in East Sussex.

The two athletes from 1066 Country are Cathy Bargh and Jake Towse.

Cathy is a Sedlescombe-based badminton player who recently reached the quarter finals of the World Senior Championships in Canada.

She has won silver and bronze in the last two European Championships and clinched gold at the 95th All England Seniors Open Championships in April this year.

Jake fights for Hastings West Hill Amateur Boxing Club and is the current British University and Colleges Champion, and is in training for the Senior Amateur Boxing Association Championships in April 2012.

The campaign, launched this week, will see posters featuring the pair on display at locations around the county, and will also include details of affordable and accessible opportunities for people who may want to increase their activity levels.

Margaret Delahoy, clinical lead for the Healthy Weights Team, said: “Our Sporting Heroes is a fantastic example of working in partnership with organisations across the county whose core aim is to improve the health and well-being of local communities.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the athletes for their participation in this campaign, they are a huge inspiration for local residents and we offer special thanks to Dan Temple, strength and conditioning coach at Chelsea School, who has worked with us to secure some of the athletes’ involvement.”