Public needed to help Wendy win top award

‘Staff mem­ber has been heart of the gym for 26 years’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

A GYM’S hard-work­ing staff mem­ber is call­ing on read­ers to help her win a pres­ti­gious award.

Sports co­or­di­na­tor and lead at Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre Wendy Zakrzewski has been short­listed for this year’s UK Ac­tive Spirit of Flame Awards 2015.

The na­tional award recog­nises those who have ded­i­cated their lives to get­ting more peo­ple more ac­tive, more of­ten.

Ms Zakrzewski said: “I’m very lucky to have made the fi­nal 12, but now I need the public’s help to get me to the short­list of four nom­i­nees.”

Through­out her 26 years at the gym, she has worked in a va­ri­ety of roles, in­clud­ing life­guard, swim­ming in­struc­tor and gym­nas­tics coach. In 2008 she be­came the sports co­or­di­na­tor and lead for the ju­nior sports pro­gramme.

She has since started a swim pro­gramme for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren to pre­pare them for their first school swim­ming lessons.

For more than 10 years, Ms Zakrzewski has been sup­port­ing lo­cal dis­abled groups in part­ner­ship with Ac­tion for Chil­dren, to of­fer in­clu­sive hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties for dis­abled chil­dren, and has de­vel­oped ‘splash and tum­ble’ sen­sory ses­sions for chil­dren with spe­cial needs. She also runs ath­let­ics, bad­minton, tai chi, gym­nas­tics, park­our and fenc­ing cour­ses at the gym.

As well as her role at the cen­tre, she also finds time to work with Che­sham Swim­ming Club and the Berk­shire County Swim­ming Devel­op­ment Squad as a vol­un­teer coach.

She also sup­ports lo­cal drama and dance com­pa­nies as a chap­er­one dur­ing pan­tomime sea­son and vol­un­teers at Her­itage House School.

Gen­eral manager at Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre Dar­ryl De­war said: “Wendy’s been the heart of Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre for 26 years.”

To vote for Ms Zakrzewski, visit http:// www.ukac­ forth­com­ing-events/flameawards-2015. Vot­ing closes at 4pm to­mor­row (Fri­day).

NOM­I­NATED: Wendy Zakrzewski

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