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WRS Resistance Sliding named a ‘Highlight of the Day’ at Coca-Cola Zero Park Lives Launch
Coca-Cola Zero Park Lives, currently in full swing across the parks of Newham, was launched in Stratford Park on 24th July. The programme of free summer activities is all part of a £20 million scheme to encourage more people to get active.
A vast programme of activities has been on offer 6 days a week and will continue till Friday 29th August. From Yoga in the park to Zumba, bowling, nature and health walks, football, tennis, cricket, boot camps, family fitness and lots more - including gardening – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
400 People Got Sliding!
One activity that has proved immensely popular is WRS Resistance Sliding. Narrowly missing out on a visit from Boris Johnson on launch day due to his over-running schedule, the activity made the ‘highlight of launch day’ list compiled by Coca-Cola GB’s communications manager. And it was certainly a popular attraction, with more than 400 people taking part.
During the course of the programme so far, several hundred people of all ages and abilities have got sliding courtesy of a sport that uses a very simple concept: using your own bodyweight to slide from point A to B. WRS Resistance Sliding, created in 2002 by the UK’s first ever Gladiators champion Weininger Irwin, has official recognition from the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It has made numerous appearances at the London Youth Games with some very special people having tried and championed it – including Mo Farah and Dame Kelly Holmes.
A Sport for all Abilities
Weininger, now a popular event host and compere and a dedicated youth sports coach, is thrilled with the immense buzz around WRS at Coca-Cola Zero Park Lives. He said, “It’s amazing to see everyone having so much fun. Everyone has a go – kids, mums and dads, even grandparents – and they’re all so competitive!
If you’d like to give WRS a go at Coca-Cola Zero Park Lives there’s still time. Come along on Saturdays at Little Ilford Park, Mondays at Memorial Park in Stratford, Tuesdays at Central Park in East Ham, Wednesdays at Royal Victoria Gardens, Thursdays at Canning Town Recreation Ground and Fridays at Stratford Park. Last day is Friday 29th August.
Notes for Editors
Weininger Irwin was the UK’s first Gladiator champion. He is now regularly engaged by London and Essex boroughs and other public and private organisations as an event compere, host, party starter and warm-up. He has been involved with the London Youth Games for over 20 years and is a dedicated youth sport coach. More info: http://weiningers.com
WRS Resistance Sliding is a competitive sport officially recognised by the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Developed in 2002, it allows people of all ages and physical ability to compete by using their own bodyweight to race by sliding from point A to B. It is also an ideal training complement for a variety of sports because it isolates and stimulates specific muscle groups, therefore conditioning and strengthening at the same time. More info: www.resistancesliding.com
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