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The doors have opened on an impressive new health and
fitness centre in Oxford.
Waimakariri MP the Honarable Kate Wilkinson officially
opened the McAlpines Mitre 10 MEGA Oxford Fitness
Centre at a function on Sunday attended by members of the
Oxford Health Charitable Trust; North Canterbury Sport &
Recreation Trust; Waimakariri District Council and guests.
Kevin Felstead, deputy chairman of the Oxford Health
Trust says the centre is the result of a sustained community
fundraising effort, in combination with the management
expertise of the North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust
and generosity of the contractors, and professional advisors
involved in its construction.
"There are many people who have contributed so much to
this project, with the entire Oxford community also getting
behind it to make it happen. I am extremely proud to see this
wonderful facility opened."
A committee was formed in Oxford around six years ago to
develop the health and fitness centre. The Oxford Community
Pool Committee donated $20,000 of funds left over from its
fundraising efforts to get the ball rolling.
A big boost came from the innovative $1,000 Life
Memberships then offered to the first 100 interested locals.
The arrangement with the North Canterbury Sport &
Recreation Trust to manage and administer the proposed
facility on the Oxford Health Trust's behalf was then set up.
This led to the Trust being able to secure a loan at very
favourable rates from Canterbury Community Trust to meet
the funding shortfall.
In his speech at the opening, Mr Felstead offered special
thanks to the project's "main man" Colin Bush and his wife
Kathy who managed the project on the Oxford Health Trust's
behalf and also contributed a significant amount of labour,
materials and funds.
North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust chief executive
Michael Sharpe, who was also a key member of the
organising committe, says the fitness centre is a great asset
to the Oxford community.
"The NCSRT is delighted to be involved in managing and
administering this fantastic facility and to announce the major
naming rights sponsorship from McAlpines Mitre 10 MEGA.
We are very grateful for their ongoing support."
McAlpines Mitre 10 MEGA also sponsors the NCSRT's sports
centre at East Belt, Rangiora; its gymnastics and trampolining
facility in Edward Street, Rangiora; and the Kaiapoi Sports
Centre (formerly Kinetix Gym, now administered by NCSRT).
The McAlpines Mitre 10 MEGA Oxford Fitness Centre has
a full complement of modern commercial fitness equipment
and will be staffed five days a week by a fully qualified
Members will be able to access the centre from 5am till 10pm
seven days a week via a card swipe system that is linked to
the NCSRT's sophisticated centre management and booking
software programme that is used across all its facilities.
The Oxford fitness centre reception will be manned by volunteers
at set hours where prospective members can pop in to chat about
Physiotherapist Julie Hogg, who with Lynn McCaw first
sowed the seed to develop the facility; will operate from
the fitness centre daily. A podiatrist, Whitney King will be
available on a part time basis.
For more information about membership and other services
at the McAlpines Mitre 10 MEGA Oxford Fitness Centre,
phone 03 9283738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Trainer on site
Fully qualified personal trainer and group fitness
instructor Naomi Whyte will be
on-site five days a week at the
Oxford Fitness Centre to assist
local residents to meet their
health and fitness goals.
Naomi is a volunteer firefighter
with her own sporting interests
including football, weight
training, boxing, outdoor training
and water sports. She has won
several awards at international
stair climbing events in NZ,
Australia and USA. In October she won a gold medal
in Power Lifting at the World Firefighter Games.
"I am excited to help Oxford people of all ages and
fitness levels to reach their goals at this fantastic new
facility," she says.
Left: Merlyn McDonald, Noelene Weavers, Diane Neill and Wendy Mehrtens at the opening. Right: Waimakariri
mayor David Ayers, with Healther McLaughin, Kevin Felstead, Alec Neill and Marilyn Ayers.
The Oxford Craft Market has been without a home
since the Oxford Town Hall closed, so has welcomed
the opportunity to set up shop in the Fitness Centre in
return for its members providing voluntary receptionist
services on a roster system.
"It's a great example of how two community groups
can come together to assist and support each other,"
says chairman Pauline Denzey.
Left: Colin Bush, Linda Gatonyi and Jane Jamison. Middle: Brett Reed gives the equipment a test run; Right: The
impressive 20 metre x 10 metre sports centre is kitted out with an extensive range of modern commercial fitness
equipment including cardio gear, free weights, cable weights and dumb bells.
Above: A good crowd gathered for the official opening.
Below: NCSRT chief executive Michael Sharpe and
assistant manager Kymm Robinson talk over the
membership options with Janice Mercer.
Left: Kelvin Felstead of Oxford Health Trust, personal trainer Naomi Whyte, NCSRT chief executive Michael Sharpe and
NCSRT chairman Don Robertson; Right: The fitness centre has a good selection of modern cardio equipment.
Colin Bush, Julie Hogg and Kevin Felstead look on as Waimakariri
MP the Honorable Kate Wilkinson cuts the ribbon to officially open
the new McAlpines Mitre 10 MEGA Oxford Fitness Centre.
Oxford s new tness
centre now open
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