Gym News

Vital Volunteers: Meet Emma and Sabina

As part of our increased volunteering focus, we thought we'd take the time to showcase how much we value our volunteers; and highlight how they get involved at our gym too day-to-day! 

Our vital volunteers help make us who we are!

Emma Alexander, 24 - who is a wheelchair racer currently training for the Paralympics - provides exercise support via the InstructAbility programme to one of our members. 

Meet Rod Douglas: Wheelchair To Walking For Ex-Boxing Pro At Our Gym

Rod Douglas has been at the highest levels in boxing. But one of his biggest lows came after experiencing a life-threatening stroke last year which follows his recovery from a brain injury shortly after a 1989 title fight. 

But making a remarkable effort from wheelchair to walking again since using our Ability Bow gym, Rod tells his story as to why our service is helping to build his outer and inner strength to fight for both living and thriving.  

Meet Christine and Ken: Wonderful Willpower

According to the NHS UK, around three in every 100,000 people are thought to have a rare genetic disorder known as hereditary spastic paraplegia.  

With symptoms ranging from gradual leg weakness and occasionally insufficient sensations in the feet, to more complex challenges including epilepsy and speech difficulties, the condition - although not usually life-threatening - can leave the recipient depressed, stressed and fatigued.  

Sensational Snowboarding Return For TV-Starring Gym Member Graham

An Ability Bow gym member recovering from a Hypoxic brain injury following a life-threatening avalanche accident in December 2012 - which left him with no oxygen or heartbeat for 30 minutes - is looking to make a sensational return to snowboarding again thanks to incredible innovations as seen within the BBC's terrific Big Life Fix series.   
  

We've Hit The Headlines Again (Thanks Roman Road London!)

For the second week running, our service and its members have been highlighted in local media, thanks to a fantastic feature from our editorial friends at Roman Road London! 

Editorial Assistant April Kosky and the team's Digital Director, Tabitha Stapeley, visited us twice at our gym in the past two weeks to interview our director and founder Victoria Kent and one of our members, Jeffrey Mcneshie, and, take a fun team photograph in the gym (capturing a fair few beaming smiles and creative poses - as well as our nice new uniform - in the process). 

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