On 24th March our long-standing squash member, Chris Newton, was lucky enough to play a charity match with the World No. 3, Nick Matthew, at the Canary Wharf Classic Open!
Chris played his match in front of a crowd of squash fans just before the opening round of the tournament. Amongst the fans were his son and wife who made a donation to sports charity, Laureus, for the privilege of watching Chris and Nick in action.
On 23rd March, 400 year 2-5 students from 7 local primary schools came to Westway Sports & Fitness Centre for a Tennis Festival. The festival marked the culmination of a 10 week tennis course delivered by Westway tennis coaches in the schools. The action revolved around a series of tennis-related circuits, and those who took part brough plenty of energy and enthusiasm to the courts!
Westway Barbell Club member Adrian Cañaveral has been selected to take part in the British Weight Lifting Regional Development Programme. This is a recognition that he has the potential to be an elite weightlifter. The main goal of the Regional Development Program is to bring the region’s best young lifters training together to create an enjoyable, intensive and motivating training environment.
In early February, Westway Football coach Maz Bettache returned to the pitches at Westway Sports & Fitness Centre with a glowing tan and a great story to tell. Maz, alongside his teammates at Corinthian-Casuals, who participate in Ryman Division One, had flown out to Sao Paulo, Brazil to play and experience the match of a lifetime.
On the evenings of Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th February, Westway Climbing centre successfully kicked-off the Super League Bouldering Competition 2015! For the uninitiated, bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. There are no ropes, no harnesses - just climbing shoes and a bag of chalk (over safety mats for obvious reasons). The challenge is to climb short but tricky "problems" (a route, or sequence of moves) using a balance of technique, strength and most importantly smarts!
Congratulations to Westway Tennis player Andrea Pineda, who has been representing Great Britain in the Winter Cup team tennis event in Estonia. The Winter Cup is the biggest junior team event in Europe, so is taken very seriously by every country that enters. In order to be selected, a player must be ranked as one of the top 3 players in their age group.