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REAL Fitness: Photo competition celebrates all kinds of fitness and movement

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THIS YEAR’S National Fitness Day on Wednesday Sept 25, the leading health and wellbeing app, MINDBODY ran a competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement.

Having asked the nation to submit images of them attempting a certain exercise in all their sweaty, red-face glory, MINDBODY can reveal the winning entry alongside 12 runners-up.


The competition winner, Laura Pocock submitted an image of herself and five-year-old son spending quality time together whilst doing yoga.

 

Runners Up

Charlotte Pettitt – I’m a mum of 4 beautiful children so I don’t get much me time nor do I get time to go to the gym. So, I strap my mini me to my back and we go out on long walks with our pooch, Toby.

Paulina Doherty – Cycling, Tour de Pologne.

Peter Cardona – I took up yoga at the age of 50 after competing as a weightlifter for many years and fell in love with it so much that I decided to do study it and do a course to become an instructor. I now teach three times a week and feel more invigorated than ever from my practice.

Suzanne Drummond – My 45 minute daily cardio.

Kay Broomfield – Just started personal training a couple of weeks ago to get my body back after baby no. 3 last Christmas. I’m 42 now and it’s HARD! This is me in the middle of a clean & press…

Jo Taylor – This is me doing a burpee jump. I usually exercise at home in the morning as I can do this before the school run and work. After suffering migraines and being unfit for years, I decided last year to make a change. I followed a program of healthy eating and exercise and I lost 2.5 stone. My health and state of mind has improved immeasurably, it has been life changing in so many ways. Exercising at home has been the key to my consistency.

Stephen Lewis – Found a great activity park on holiday in Turkey and visited every day.

Benita Davies – Silent Zumba at Canbury Gardens, Kingston upon Thames, August 2019.

Tina Glover – I am running down the end line of my first attempt at a half marathon in Garstang last week. I couldn’t run to the end of my street 12 months earlier!

Susan Pointon – I’m attempting for the very first time using a yoga trapeze. It seemed like a good idea at the time to winch it from a tree in the woods, turned out to be more difficult to do than I anticipated.

Susan Johnson – Downward dog.

Sue Clarke – Cycling around the Italian lakes this May with my husband. First holiday married.

In light of the competition, a spokesperson from MINDBODY, says: “When it comes to exercise, it’s the ‘trying’ element that matters most. We’re aware many people lead very busy lives and with work and personal commitments, spending hours in the gym sometimes isn’t feasible.

“We ran this competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement, no matter how big or small they may be. From planks, to downward dogs and even exercising with children, each entry showcased the different exercises people attempt/do to stay fit and healthy. I’m sure many people will find the images very relatable.”

To find out more about MINDBODY, go to: https://uk.mindbodyonline.com/get-the-app

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Pembroke Dock: Two in hospital following Fort Road car accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES dealt with what has been described by a witness as a “horrific car accident” in the Pembroke Dock area on Wednesday night (Jun 12).

A 23-year-old woman, driving a black BMW, travelled down Fort Road at speed, hit a low wall, catapulting the vehicle some considerable distance across a picnic area. The vehicle ended up irreparably damaged on the beach – which was luckily not in use at the time – landing next to the old Cambridge Gun Tower.

No other vehicles seem to have been involved, police said.

The driver has been arrested but remains in hospital, one passenger is in a critical but stable condition, in Cardiff, and a second passenger sustained only minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.45pm on Wednesday night (Jun 23), to reports of a road traffic accident near the Fort Road car park in Pembroke Dock.

“We attended the scene with one rapid response vehicle, two emergency ambulances and our Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.

“Two people were taken to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff for further treatment.”

The police are appealing in the media for information following the crash.

An official statement from the police reads as follows: “We were called to Fort Road, Pembroke Dock, at around 10.45pm on Wednesday night to reports of a single-vehicle collision. Ambulance and fire service also attended.

“A 19-year-old man was taken to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and remains in a critical but stable condition.

“A second passenger attended hospital for minor injuries but has since been discharged. A 23-year-old woman was arrested, and currently remains in hospital.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision but who has not yet spoken to us should get in touch by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, visiting our website, or calling 101.

UPDATE: 24.06.2021, 15:47HRS

On Thursday (Jun 24) said that the female who was arrested was de-arrested because of the need for medical treatment, and is “no longer under arrest at this time.”

The police also added that their investigation was “still active”.

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Pembrokeshire call handler helps deliver Llanelli couple’s new baby

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A 999 CALL HANDLER from Pembrokeshire has helped deliver a Llanelli couple’s baby.

Father-of-two Chris Bassett, from Hook, answered the call from the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre in Carmarthen, and whose instructions on loudspeaker enabled the pair to deliver their 8lb 1oz new arrival safely.

Thanks to Chris, Troy Smith, 34, and partner Abigail Jones, 33, delivered baby Arabella Dilys Smith in the bedroom of their Llanelli home.

Troy said: “I’ve never felt adrenaline like it but I knew I had to focus on the situation for Abigail and the baby’s sake.

“It all happened so quickly, but Chris’ voice on the other end of the phone kept us calm.”

Abigail, a teacher at Ysgol Carreg Hir in Briton Ferry, went into labour at around 10.00pm on Thursday, June 3, and made a trip to hospital, where nurses confirmed she was in the early stages.

The couple returned to their Pwll home, but their soon-to-be daughter had other ideas.

Troy said: “At around 4.30am, Abigail developed a lot of pain and said she had an urge to push.

“I thought, ‘Right, this is happening’ and phoned an ambulance because I knew I’d be delivering the baby right there and then.”

It was Chris, a former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, who picked up the call in the early hours of Friday, June 4.

The 29-year-old, who has been with the Welsh Ambulance Service for 18 months, said: “As soon as I answered the call, it was obvious that Troy and Abigail were in distress, as anyone would be in that situation.

“The priority was to get Abigail in a comfortable position to deliver the baby safely.

“For me, it was about giving them clear instructions while trying to keep them both calm.”

Troy added: “I just did what came naturally. When you’re in that situation, you just do it.

“As soon as Arabella came, I felt this wave of relief and I just couldn’t believe how gorgeous she was.

“Chris was so professional and handled the situation really well.

“He gave us all the information and kept us calm.”

Ambulance crews arrived soon after, and took Abigail to Carmarthen’s Glangwili General Hospital, where she was treated for shock before being discharged the following day.

Abigail said: “The whole thing was petrifying because I just never expected to be having the baby at home, but we’re so grateful to Chris for helping us to deliver Arabella safely.”

Chris added: “In your role as a 999 call handler, you’re helping people in their darkest hour, but I’m just glad this call had a happy ending.

“This is the third baby I’ve helped to deliver during my time at the ambulance service, but the first one I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

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Covid causes partial school closure at Haverfordwest High VC

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A PARTIAL school closure is in force today at Haverfordwest High VC school after a pupil in year 9 has tested positive for coronavirus.

All students in year 9 must stay at home , isolate and await further instruction while the school completes all of the necessary Track and Trace processes.

In a statement released by the school, they said: “We have been informed that a Year 9 pupil has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We wish them a speedy recovery.

“As a precautionary measure and to enable us to complete all of the necessary Track and Trace processes, the school will be closed to Year 9 Pupils today.

“The school remains open to all other year groups.

“Until further notice, Year 9 students should stay at home and isolate until further instructions are given. Lessons for all other year groups will continue as usual. Unless your child is in Year 9 they should attend school.”

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