Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade











Dominique Dawes


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 22, 2009

Three-time U.S. Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes will appear on the Lions Clubs float in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade. She is an honorary member of the Washington DC (Special Olympics) Lions Club.

Dawes is the first African-American to win an individual gymnastics Olympic medal. Graduating with a degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, Dawes is a renowned public speaker on health issues, sports participation, equality for women and African-Americans, and self-esteem. She has also made her mark as an actress on Broadway and in television broadcasting with CBS, CNN and TNT networks, notably as an analyst for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Yahoo! Sports.

She will be sharing the float with reality TV star and Navy Lieutenant Dr. Andy Baldwin, Lions Clubs military veterans and a representation of the 2008 Lions International Peace Poster Contest grand prize winner.

The Lions will also be collecting unwanted glasses in their Recycle for Sight boxes around the float in an attempt to set the largest collection of recycled glasses in one day.

“We are thrilled to have Dominique on the float with the Lions,” said Paul Hawkins, District Governor of the Lions Clubs of Washington DC and metro Maryland area. “Her determination and dedication to women’s issues, health and fitness, especially her work with Special Olympics, is an inspiration to us all.”

Dominique Dawes joins other celebrities, Ernest Borgnine, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Dr. Andy Baldwin at the National Memorial Day Parade. In its third year, it expects to attract over a quarter of a million spectators and be viewed by over sixteen million homes on WJLA and the Pentagon Channel.

This is the first time the Lions Clubs have appeared in the National Memorial Day Parade. The Parade is on Monday, May 25, 2009, along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets in Washington DC and free to the public.

Lions Clubs of Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia include over 500 clubs and almost 17,000 men and women. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

To schedule interviews with Dominique Dawes, please call 301-404-8010.

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David Lloyd Leisure Launches Triathlon Clubs Across UK

David Lloyd Leisure Launches Triathlon Clubs Across UK










Hatfield, UK (PRWEB UK) 7 June 2011

David Lloyd Leisure has become the first health, fitness and leisure chain to affiliate and launch triathlon clubs with Triathlon England in all of its English clubs.

It has also gained the same status with Triathlon Scotland for its six Scottish clubs and with Welsh Triathlon for its Cardiff club.

The clubs, present in all David Lloyd Leisure clubs across the UK, will offer members of all fitness levels and sporting ability the opportunity to take part in structured training programmes and sessions run by British Triathlon -qualified coaches, as well as discounted membership of Triathlon England, Scotland and Wales. The health and fitness chain also plans to offer its own triathlon events for members across the UK in 2012.

Group Health and Fitness Manager for David Lloyd Leisure Rob Beale said: “We are excited to be able to launch these clubs after feedback from our members indicated many wanted to get involved. With all our clubs having first class facilities and Triathlon-trained coaches it made sense to offer triathlon training with a structured programme. We are looking forward to seeing our members competing in triathlons, including our own family-friendly events in May next year.”

Gareth Hall from Triathlon England said: “We’re passionate about creating opportunities for all people to discover how much fun the triathlon challenge can be. It’s one of the fastest growing, dynamic and modern sports around and, with the Olympics just around the corner, we are delighted to have David Lloyd Leisure involved offering even more people the opportunity to get engaged in a structured but fun way.”

The triathlon clubs will offer members a minimum of two training sessions each week for all levels of fitness as well as provide information and motivation to take part in local and national events.

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 79 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe.

David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 750 and more than 350 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis.

Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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Ottawa Rotary Clubs Continue to Support Sri Lankan Tsunami Victims on Second Anniversary of Boxing Day Disaster

The cornerstone was laid on December 19 for a community Rotacentre located in Paiyagala, 45 kilometers south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the use of fishermen victims of the 2004 tsunami and their families. On the second anniversary of the Southeast Asian disaster that deprived so many Sri Lankan fishermen of their homes and livelihood, several Rotary Clubs in Ottawa are now financing the construction of the “Ottawa Rotacentre” there.

The Ottawa Rotary Clubs are co-operating with the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan which is overseeing the construction and operation of this first Rotacentre in Sri Lanka. It will complement the gift of some 27 Rotaboats given to 54 Tamil and Sinhalese fisher families in the summer of 2005 by these same Ottawa-area Rotary Clubs. Before the tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004, fishing was the basis of the local economy and a chief source of food for Sri Lankans. West Ottawa Rotarian George Grande, Canada’s former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, commented, “This Rotacentre project carries on the vital work already done by Ottawa Rotary in Sri Lanka. It fills a continuing need in the efforts of fishermen to return to normal life. We must never forget them and their disaster.”

The new Rotacentre will be used for repairing nets and engines and also for recreation and meetings of the fishermen’s families. It is planned to build an adjoining playground later. The cornerstone was laid by George and Charmaine Neufeld of Ottawa, charter members of the Ottawa Rotary Tsunami Support Group, and co-ordinated by Kathryn Williams of the Rotary Club of Ottawa.

The Rotary Clubs co-operating in this venture are the Rotary Club of Ottawa, Rotary Club of West Ottawa, Rotary Club of Ottawa South, Rotary Club of South Nepean, Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata, Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown, Rotary Club of Kanata Sunrise, and the Rotaract Club of Ottawa (university students’ club).

About Rotary: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in over 32,000 clubs in 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues such as violence, AIDS, hunger, the environment and health care.

Health Club takes to the Outdoors with New Running Clubs

Health Club takes to the Outdoors with New Running Clubs











Running Club


(PRWeb UK) July 22, 2010

Virgin Active Health Clubs has launched Running Clubs at its 71 fitness centres across the UK. Inspired by the Virgin London and Brighton marathons, thousands of their health club members are taking to the streets, parks and tracks across the UK every week, making their surroundings into their gym for a fun, effective workout.

Completely free to members of Virgin Active Health Clubs, Running Club sessions are timetabled alongside other weekly gym classes but take place outside of the health clubs themselves, allowing members to keep fit in the open air. Small groups of health club members simply meet at the appointed time and a Personal Trainer or Fitness Coach then leads the group on a running session around the area of their local fitness centre.

Running Clubs start with 5K routes, and are carried out weekly for 6 weeks, meaning stamina is built up and times are recorded in order to track development as the course goes on. As the health club members progress, different running techniques are introduced to further aid and maximise improvements to their times.

There are also 5K sessions for intermediate runners which also follow a 6 week schedule. Thereafter, health club members can choose to progress to run 10K. In addition, there is an 8 week plan for these runners and for advanced runners, as well as gym-goers training specifically for charity runs and races. There is an ‘improvement’ phase for post-10k.

Commenting on the newest fitness initiative from Virgin Active Health Clubs, Gillian Reeves – National Group Exercise Manager said: “Running is a fantastic way to improve general cardiovascular fitness and is a really enjoyable way to workout. Running Clubs have the benefit of offering the motivation and social aspect that exercising in a group offers. Running outdoors, coupled with interval training on a treadmill, is hugely effective as the body experiences different types of motion and terrain which will build stamina and fitness.

With the summer weather, I’m sure that running outdoors, coupled with the added benefit of a professional fitness instructor, will be a big hit with our health club members.”

For more information on Virgin Active Health Clubs and its Running Clubs, please visit http://www.virginactive.co.uk

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Rotary Clubs Use Tsunami Aid Monies to Rebuild Livelihoods in Sri Lanka

Rotary Clubs Use Tsunami Aid Monies to Rebuild Livelihoods in Sri Lanka










Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 11, 2005

More than 54 Tamil and Sinhalese fisher families in the eastern coastal district of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, received canoes and nets in a humanitarian mission supported by the Rotary Clubs of Ottawa, West Ottawa, Nepean-Kanata, Ottawa South, South Nepean, Hawkesbury and Colombo Metropolitan (Sri Lanka).

Funds were raised by the Rotary clubs for the purchase of 27 canoes, known as “Rotaboats”, and nets for fisher folk in Trincomalee, one of Sri Lanka’s poorest districts. The Rotaboats, eleven feet long and made from fiberglass, are ideally suited for lagoon and harbour fishing—the primary method of fishing in the area.

“There are NGOs supplying boats, but the demand for them is very high and they’re in short supply. If we do not help supply these canoes and nets, the fishermen in the area will have to wait a long time, maybe one to two years, to receive them,” said Michael Perera of the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan.

Before the tsunami struck, fishing was the basis of the local economy and a chief source of food for the Trincomalee district. Rotarian George Grande, Canada’s former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka said, “This project gets directly to the fisher families with the help of Rotarians in Sri Lanka.”

Local craftsmen in Trincomalee built the Rotaboats. The Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan monitored the distribution of the canoes to ensure they were delivered to those families in greatest need.

About Rotary: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in over 32,000 clubs in 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues such as violence, AIDS, hunger, the environment and health care. This year, Rotary is celebrating its 100th anniversary; a key project is the eradication of polio.

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