Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Participants, leaders and the support group pictured on the final night of Operation Transformation at Cill Barra.

OVER the course of eight weeks, Cill Barra Community Sports Centre took on the Operation Transformation Challenge and achieved a phenomenal total weight loss of 731.5lbs – the equivalent of almost 333 bags of sugar.

In early January over 80 participants began their Operation Transformation journey with a programme of exercise and healthy eating spanning two months.

Those who signed up were given guidance from mindset expert Shane O’Sullivan of Inspiring Excellence, nutrition expert, local dietician Brendan Cullinane and fitness expert, David Phelan from the Cill Barra Community Sports Centre. The talks from the health panel focused on the importance of making small changes daily to help improve overall health and wellbeing.

Leader Pat Scahill has felt the benefits of the programme. “I’m looking and feeling better, my clothes size has gone down, and my belt is gone back a notch.” Caroline Sealy shared her own thoughts on the programme. “Lovely people turned up every week to spur us on. As a result, new friendships were made,” she said.

According to Sinead Brannigan, Cill Barra Community Centre Manager, the programme has been a massive success for the centre. “All the leaders and participants got their rewards for committing to the programme. Everyone involved from start to finish made new friends, learned new skills and made healthy changes along the way too. This programme has definitely brought people together and encouraged them to think a little more about introducing small healthy changes to their lifestyles.”

When the centre started the challenge, it set a collective weight loss goal of 1,000lbs. Sinead spoke about that adventurous goal, “We reached a massive 731.5lbs – almost 333 bags of sugar. We know that we set ourselves a massive challenge, but we can honestly say that we have helped a very large group of people to make a change for the better. We can hold our heads up high and say that we have acted to make people more aware of the small steps that they can take to benefit their health and wellbeing.”

Sinead acknowledged the support of the business community, “Without doubt this programme would not have happened if it wasn’t for the support of local businesses that are passionate about supporting a healthier Waterford city. Ball Cooperation, Jack Molloy, Walsh’s Bakehouse, Mulligans Pharmacy, UPMC Whitfield, Waterford Area Partnership, and the Department of Sport and Exercise Science in Waterford Institute of Technology all got behind the initiative whole-heartedly and we’re very grateful for their invaluable support, advice and expertise.”

The Operation Transformation Challenge was part of the centre’s new “focus on fitness” initiative for 2019, which aims to get the local community fit and healthy, while having fun in a relaxed group setting.

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By Claire Quinn
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