41 sporting and physical activity organisations highlighted their activities to over 600 people in Treacy’s West County Hotel on Saturday 29th Sseptember . The evening culminated in a free screening of the film COCO. However, keeping with the theme of physical activity and European Week of Sport, the cinema was powered by bicycles!
John Sweeney, coordinator Clare Sports Partnership said:
“We are we overwhelmed with the success of the BeActive Expo on last Saturday night. We had an inkling during the week that it was going to be a success, as the phone’s never stopped ringing with people looking for information and more exhibitors trying to get space. To be honest, we had to turn away a number of potential exhibitors who wanted to join late. We just did not have any more room.”
Among the highlights of the evening, were a number of interactive demonstrations on the floor from various sports and physical activity providers, from TaeKwon-Do to Tai Chi to Pound Fitness. Indeed there was a lot of tension in the air when Master Tim Forde from the Forde TaeKwon-Do Institute broke planks of wood with a kick, when these were held by John Carey (Active Ennis Leisure Centre) and John Sweeney (Clare Sports Partnership).
Each exhibitor was also asked to try and make their stand as interactive as possible. Ennis Golf Club had a putting green, whereas Ben’s Surf Clinic (Lahinch) had a surf board where you could practice a ‘pop up’. Banner Spokes gave individuals the opportunity to experience wheelchair basketball in chairs bought from funding received through Clare Sports Partnership and the Healthy Ireland Fund.
Mr. Sweeney went on to comment that:
“What was wonderful to see was that nearly each and every sport and activity on show could adapt their activities for all abilities – young, old, wheelchair users, people with learning difficulties etc. We are always preaching that there should be no barriers to participating in sport and physical activity.”
Clare Senior Hurler Podge Collins spoke on the night about the importance for young people to get involved in sport, no matter what the code. He said that it is a huge part of his life and that it has brought him happiness and friendships that will never be forgotten. Following this he took part in a hurling skills challenge with Clare GAA. However, the sport is safe for the future as he was beaten by a young man, Bob Casey.
The HSE Start programme had a hugely interactive stand. Start is a new five-year public health awareness campaign. The campaign from safefood, the HSE and Healthy Ireland has been developed with the input of parents, health professionals and community leaders and acknowledges that the solutions to tackling overweight and obesity are multiple and that every sector has a role to play in this major health issue.
Cillian Keane (CK Fitness) gave a powerful insight into how physical activity has helped him with the challenge of being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Cillian said that there is always hope and that he has learned to stay positive each day. Cillian is now a personal trainer and is happy to share his story and experiences with anyone that needs help.
The evening concluded with a screening of COCO, in a pedal powered cinema, powered by the women and men of the various cycling and triathlon clubs of the county.
Clare Sports Partnership would sincerely like to thank all the exhibitors that took their time, free of charge, to come and show what their organisation can offer. They would also like to thank Sport Ireland and the EU Commission for funding the BeActive event. Also, the event would not have had any impact if it were not for the 600+ people who turned to experience the activities and finally, Alphie Rodgers and all the staff of Treacy’s West County Hotel and all organisations that donated a spot prize for working with us to host the successful event.
List of Exibitors:
Suas Climbing Centre
Gym Fun Clare
Safe T Group
Ennis Golf Club
Zing Effect Zumba Pound Fitness
Yoga with Rosie
Adventure Walks App
HSE & the Start Campaign
Bens Surf School
Archers of Ennis
Parkrun Ennis, Killaloe, Kilrush
Nordic Fitness Ireland
Fergus Currach Club
Ride County Clare,
Clare Cycle League
Cullaun Sailing Club
Active Ennis Leisure Centre
Clare Walks Ltd
Pedal Powered Cinema
Clare Crusaders CC
Clare Ladies CC
Ennis Triathlon Club