Gymnast Daniel attends Corby sports centre’s birthday party

Daniel Keatings tries out the new gym equipment with help from Polly Read
Daniel Keatings tries out the new gym equipment with help from Polly Read

Corby gymnast Daniel Keatings was among the guests at a celebration on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of Lodge Park Sports Centre.

Residents joined the party and enjoyed demonstrations of kickboxing, trampolining, gymnastics and judo.

The centre’s gym, which has been revamped, was officially opened by Daniel who won silver and gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old won gold in the pommel horse and silver in the team and individual all-round competition.

Before inviting Daniel to cut the ribbon and open the refurbished gym, Corby mayor Anthony Dady said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to welcome you all here this evening for this special occasion. Forty years is a milestone and what better way to celebrate than to officially open the newly-refurbished gym, marking a new chapter for one of the most popular facilities in the borough.”

The gym now has new treadmills, bikes, rowers, elliptical trainers and climb mills with integrated TVs, as well as new resistance machines and an XCube which includes monkey bars and platforms alongside cable, plate loaded free weights.

Guests at the 40th anniversary party had a chance to look round the gym and see what it has to offer.

Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie said: “It’s hard to believe that Lodge Park Sports Centre has already reached its 40th year.

“It is a fantastic facility that has and continues to serve the community well.”