A Sunderland 2018 Commonwealth medal winner has highlighted the impact that his local leisure centre has had on his sports career and has backed it to win a national award later this month.
David Bolt won a bronze medal in the Lawn bowl’s men’s fours at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia, back in April, but has thanked Silksworth Sports Complex, which is managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Sunderland City Council, for the role it played in getting him ready for the competition.
The 39 year-old former national singles champion, the first Sunderland-based bowler to compete on the Commonwealth stage, teamed up with Katie Bulmer-Cooke and shred more than three stone after becoming a member at the site, dropping from 17 to 14 stone over a three-month period between January and the end of March.
Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski-Slope is up for a national award later this month after it was nominated for the Local Authority Gym of the Year award by the National Fitness Awards.
“I was never really a gym-goer, mainly because I struggle to motivate myself to go to a gym.” Bolt said.
“That said, when I was preparing for the Commonwealth Games I knew I had to sacrifice three months at the beginning of the year for a once in a lifetime opportunity. I phoned up the team at Silksworth on the office chance, explained my story and my goals and they just wanted to help me in any way they can.”
“I teamed up with Kate Bulmer-Cooke too and after putting a plan together, I was going to the site once or twice a day for two-hour long sessions. I can’t thank them enough. The staff there are great, so friendly and I have recommended many people to go and join the Centre. I’m sure they have helped so many more people along the way and, for me, that’s why they deserve to win this award.”
Dean Randall, contract operations manager at the Silksworth Sports Complex, added:
“What David achieved in the run up to the Commonwealth games was remarkable, which is a key factor for his great performance over in Australia. Everyone at the site is proud that we could be part of his journey. Here at Silksworth, any role we can play in people achieving a goal or target is important to us.”
You can find out for yourself why Silksworth Sports Complex is up for the Local Authority Gym of the Year award by visiting: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/silksworth-sports-complex-and-ski-slope/