The six week, team-based activity programme followed the RTE Operation Transformation TV and radio show with the aim to “Move More and Eat Better”.
Amazingly 65 people descended on the Clubrooms for the registration and induction night and formed eight teams of various different ages, fitness levels, weights and each team got different colours. The unexpectedly large crowd created a great buzz about the town and lots of competitiveness was apparent in all activities.
On Sunday mornings the troops get together at 11.30am, along with anyone else interested in moving more and go off on an hour long walk, with some of the more dedicated fitness fanatics taking off an hour earlier to build up their points!
To date the walks have included Fiddlers Green Route and Yellow Water Route in Kilbroney Park, challenging walks for everyone!
Walkers arrive back together at the carpark and the teams can be seen taking selfies and photos of their group exercise – wonderful Sunday mornings spent in the great outdoors.
As well as Sunday morning walks, the groups are being put through their paces twice a week (Monday and Wednesday evenings) by club fitness instructor Ross McGarry aided by Brendan Rice.
Participants have been then adding their own exercise into the mix and building up points to add to their teams weekly total (15 minutes of additional exercise = 1 point).
Each week group leaders report to one of the OT Team with their weekly points and the top team receives four bonus points and a weekly prize.
Week one saw the 64 participants total 355.5 hours of exercise between them. The streets and gyms of Warrenpoint are well & truly alive with the sound of exercise!
To find out more about Gael Active or to register your club’s interest please contact Ulster GAA Active Club Coordinator Shane McCann via email to firstname.lastname@example.org