Local man takes up get moving challenge to win

A challenge to get moving in 2022 with the chance to win a year’s gym membership has been won by a local West Fife man.

Charitable trust, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust launched the campaign to get people active in January with an aim to encourage people to look beyond new year resolutions and aim to make getting active a long-term objective so that more people can enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits associated with getting active.

Those taking up the challenge were encouraged to share their goals and physical activity stories with the trust in the hope that it will motivate others to get active. 

Calum Paterson, age 27, from Dunfermline has been named as the winner of a Platinum Leisure Active annual membership – the trust’s low-cost membership scheme which gives unlimited access to its 14 sites across the region. Calum has lost an impressive 17 stones since getting active using the trust’s facilities and aims to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for children’s cancer charities.

Calum said: “I found the facilities at Carnegie and Duloch Leisure Centres exceptional, and the equipment is top class and easy to use.  Both centres provide friendly environments; I attended Duloch Leisure centre when I was overweight, and I was apprehensive as I thought a lot of people would look at me and stare. But everyone just got on with their own exercises.

“If anyone doubts or fears joining the gym, I couldn’t recommend Duloch or Carnegie Leisure Centre enough.”

Scott Urquhart, sports and physical activity team manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Huge congratulations to Calum, not just in winning the annual Leisure Active membership but for his incredible weight-loss and fitness journey. He is a deserved winner and I hope his story can demonstrate to others the health and wellbeing benefits that physical activity can deliver. I’d also like to thank everyone who took part in the Get Moving challenge for sharing their experiences.

“As a charitable trust, we are committed to widening access to all ages and abilities and our qualified staff are always on hand to support and motivate people with their goals.”