Let's Get Moving Champions

Meet our Let's Get Moving Champions who share their inspirational stories on how they have stayed active this year!

Meet our Let's Get Moving Champions! Below you will find a wonderful range of stories on how moving more has helped so many of our champions with both their physical and mental wellbeing. From tyre flipping to forestry, we have some fantastic champion stories just waiting to be discovered.

Our Let's Get Moving Champions are the faces of our Let's Get Moving campaign and will help us to share the message far and wide that physical activity and moving more is good for you. We hope that by telling their stories about how they stay active, including how they fit activity into their daily lives, what motivates them, and how they have overcome any barriers that might have stopped them from being active, will help show you that we all can move a bit more in our daily lives.

We hope that our Let's Get Moving Champions inspire you, your neighbours and your local communities to get out and move a bit more. However big your goals are, even if you are about to take that first step to moving more, we want to support you along the way. You will also find further tips, advice and local sessions that relates to each of our champion stories.

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Our Let's Get Moving Champions keep us up-to-date by sharing regular blogs on how they are staying active and looking after their wellbeing.

We are advocates for being active in a way that works for you, so we hope that the personal stories of our Champions, and some of their top tips, might inspire you to try something new. Follow along on their journey to hear about their successes, challenges, and what they enjoy most about being active.

Posted: Sun, 25 Sep 2022 20:17 by Katie Ricketts

A day volunteering at the Nottingham Robin Hood half marathon and mini marathon

A day volunteering at the Nottingham Robin Hood half marathon and mini marathon

I've run in both these events before, but this year I decided it was time to give something back and volunteered to help marshal the race. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 04 Sep 2022 22:58 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

The highs and lows of playing in a sport you love.

The highs and lows of playing in a sport you love.

The highs and lows of playing in a sport you love, 3 finals and a last away game of the outdoor season at a new club for me to visit. Read More »

Posted: Mon, 29 Aug 2022 20:27 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My bowls life gets better and better

My bowls life gets better and better

My bowls life gets better and better but not without alot of hard work and support. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 07 Aug 2022 22:59 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

A great weekend of bowls. Part 2.

A great weekend of bowls. Part 2.

Second day of the bowls tournament in Nottingham Read More »

Posted: Sun, 07 Aug 2022 22:35 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

What a great weekend of bowls. Part 1.

What a great weekend of bowls. Part 1.

A wonderful weekend of bowls in Nottingham and I got my classification at last. Read More »

Posted: Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:50 by Katie Ricketts

Out of my comfort zone!

Out of my comfort zone!

I have always been a very anxious person and someone who finds it hard to try anything different, always thinking I will fail.

In the last few years, I've been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and tackle some of my anxieties head on. I've tried to push myself in my work and personal life and also tried some different activities.

Each time I've managed a little win, or a small achievement in any area of my life, it's helped me to feel a bit more confident and realise that I can battle through anxiety.

Realising that exercise can play a big part in managing my anxiety has been fantastic for me over the last few years. Walking with friends or family or a quick jog round the block really helps keep me grounded.

This photo is of me having climbed the roof of the O2 recently and it sums up the "feel good" factor that staying active gives me.

#LetsGetMoving for our wellbeing

Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:09 by Samantha Heap

Be More Diane

Be More Diane

I have been away from the Champion scene for a little while due to the sudden, unexpected and tragic passing of my mum Diane 3 weeks ago. We as a family lived a nightmare for 2 weeks after she contracted an infection on holiday in Devon which lead to sepsis and severe complications.

Over the past few weeks I have experienced so many physical and mental effects of grief that have affected my motivation to keep active. The tiredness, the sadness, the physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, body aches.

But, thanks to work, I am finding that it is keeping active that is helping me through this hideous time. My mum was a very special lady, who had the ability to remain practical and focused in even the hardest of times. Because of this, I am trying to #bemorediane and focus each day on making small, positive steps. Because of my profession, I of course have to be active.

This week is my first full week back at work, and I can honestly say that running my classes has given me such a boost. We all know exercise gets those endorphins going. It gives you a natural mental and physical boost. Not only that, but the support and love from my clients has lifted me. I am a very open person and I will never shy away from talking about things that may make others feel uncomfortable and it has created the most supportive and open environment.

There is no blueprint for grieving, but if you find yourself in a similar position to me, I can give you 3 pieces of advice:

- Keep talking and sharing

- Keep moving

- Be more Diane

I know this is going to be a long road, and it has changed my life journey a little, but it won't change me for the worse because I won't let it.

Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 22:00 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Disability Bowls England National Pairs Competition

Disability Bowls England National Pairs Competition

Semi-final heartache in the DBE National Pairs Competition Read More »

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2022 15:34 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Market Overton Outdoor Bowls Club Gala Day

Market Overton Outdoor Bowls Club Gala Day

A beautiful sunny day for the Market Overton Outdoor Bowls Club Gala Day, with 18 teams trying to win, it's going to be lots of fun. Read More »

Posted: Wed, 06 Jul 2022 21:54 by Katie Ricketts

Just keep on walking ….

Just keep on walking ….

In June I took part in two organised long distance walks, one with my daughter and one with my husband.

I enjoyed them so much. On both walks there were a lot of people taking part, and people of different levels of fitness walking different distances. All of the participants were so encouraging of each other and the volunteers who were marshalling the course cheered everyone on.

We got to see bits of the country we hadn't seen before and talked to lots of interesting people.

I blogged before about having a goal as an incentive to be more active, and planning to do an organised walk is a great goal. If you do a big organised walk, there is the added incentive of a medal and a free t-shirt, but starting to walk in your local area with others is just as good. The local councils in Leicester and Leicestershire organise walks in local parks on a regular basis which can really help you become more active, get to know your area and meet others and the summer is a great time to start!


Take a look back at our 2020 Champions!