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Sports for all | 01 July 2020

Sports for all

The handover ceremony

Rotary Club of Victoria hands over new outdoor gym to NSC


To provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders remains the main mission of Rotary.

Rotary members believe that they have a shared responsibility to take action on the world’s most persistent issues and in line with that, the Rotary Club of Victoria has brought its contribution to the country’s fitness and health programme which is a key element in maintaining a healthy population, thus a healthy country.

The club recently helped the National Sports Council (NSC) with the setting up of new body weight-resistance workstation designed for various ages and fitness levels at the Roche Caïman fitness trail or parcourse.

It sponsored the concrete base on which the equipment at the new station are fixed.

Rotary Club of Victoria’s representative Lambert Woodcock handed over the gym to the chief executive of the NSC Jean Larue yesterday, during a small ceremony attended by the club’s members and NSC staff.

Mr Woodcock described the event as another honour for the Rotary Club of Victoria which has been involved in the country’s development for the past 50 years, especially in education, sports and health.

He urged the users to make good and appropriate use of the facility and also maintain it properly.

On behalf of the NSC, Mr Larue thanked the Rotary Club of Victoria for its support which he said comes at an opportune time as with the re-opening of the fitness trail after it temporarily closed down as part of the temporary safety precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19) fitness enthusiasts are more hungry to exercise.

Mr Larue further added that the new self-propelled cardio equipment and body weight-resistance workstation designed for various ages and fitness levels is also part of NSC’s plan to decentralise its activities, thus making them available to everyone in the country.

Those present also had the chance to view a small performance on the newly-set-up equipment by local calisthenics expert Darnel Hoareau.

Calisthenics are exercises that do not rely on anything but a person's own body weight, while these exercises are performed with differing levels of intensity and rhythm.

The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words kallos (beauty) and sthenos (strength). Indeed, there’s a timeless beauty to training for strength and flexibility via pushing, pulling, lunging, and lifting movements using little to no equipment and when performed in a continuous, rigorous fashion, calisthenics train up your strength and aerobic capacity.


Roland Duval


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