A new ‘BASE’ for phys­i­cal fit­ness

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Con­tact Dónal Nolan dnolan@ker­ry­man.ie 066 7145522

SPORT­ING legends of the King­dom were out in force at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Fri­day for the grand of­fi­cial open­ing of the new-look sports fa­cil­ity, com­plete with state-of-the-art gym.

BASE is the name of the bright new gym in the com­mu­nity amenity, fin­ished to the high­est of mod­ern stan­dards and seem­ingly com­plete with ev­ery kind of equip­ment imag­in­able.

And it’s all there for one pur­pose only, as man­ager Tony Dug­gan out­lined on the night: To give more and more the op­por­tu­nity to jour­ney in fit­ness and phys­i­cal health. Al­ready, it’s in favour among some of the county’s lead­ing sport­ing fig­ures given the de­gree to which they ap­peared im­pressed with the new-look venue on the night. Over 20 sports per­son­al­i­ties were in at­ten­dance, min­gling with lo­cals be­fore join­ing RTÉ’s Joe Stack on stage for in­ter­views.

Ogie Mo­ran rem­i­nisced on how play­ers trained long ago – in the ab­sence of the kind of equip­ment and know-how avail­able in the Cen­tre to­day – while Ire­land Women’s Rugby Cap­tain Ciara Grif­fin and Kerry’s Shane En­right spoke about mod­ern train­ing tech­niques.

All-Ire­land win­ning minor cap­tain Paul O’Shea spoke about the stan­dard of the mod­ern game and all that’s ex­pected of mod­ern play­ers. Sprinter Tra­vane Mor­ri­son from Tralee giv­ing in­put on train­ing needs from a world-class ath­lete’s per­spec­tive.

Other pan­el­lists in­cluded Michael ‘Mitch’ Fo­ley and Niall Collins, with two all-Ire­land minor medals, Kerry Camo­gie cap­tain Jackie Hor­gan and Kerry se­nior hurler and all-star nom­i­nee Mikey Boyle.

It was, of course, a great night for the many vi­sion­ar­ies be­hind the space - not least the mem­bers of the orig­i­nal Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, many of whom were pre­sent on the night de­lighted to see the fa­cil­ity en­ter­ing such a bright new phase of its ex­is­tence.

It was to Min­is­ter for Sport Bren­dan Grif­fin that the of­fi­cial duty of open­ing BASE fell, as he spoke about the need for ac­tiv­ity-led cen­tres and re­marked on how taken he was with the whole con­cept of BASE; as a start­ing point for some­one’s health and well­be­ing in a pack­age oth­ers would do well to em­u­late.

Jenny and Kyle McNi­cholas check­ing out the new gear at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

FAR LEFT: Eibh­lín and Máire En­right from Lis­towel at the new-look Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Fri­day.

Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

Cllr Mike Ken­nelly with So­phie Lynch, Aoife Be­han and Jackie Hor­gan as they get to grips with the lat­est fit­ness tech at the new Com­mu­nity Cen­tre space.

Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

Meet the phys­i­cal train­ing team: John Keane, Michael Stack, Trevor Ho­ran, Dy­lan O’Leary and Filip Bieszczanin on hand to take ev­ery­one through their paces at the new sta­teof-the-art gym at the Lis­towel Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

LEFT: Tra­vane Mor­ri­son from Tralee pump­ing iron at the gym.

ABOVE: Joanna Brod­er­ick at Fri­day’s open­ing of the gym.

BE­LOW: Orla O’Con­nor and John Keane.

Dar­ren and Robert En­right ad­mir­ing the bright new space

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