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People news: People profile - Anthony Cooper

Cooper lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Despite being told he’d never walk again, he recovered and was named David Lloyd Leisure’s PT Hero of the Year 2012 – and hopes to become a Paralympian

Published in Health Club Management 2013 issue 2

You were seriously injured on duty in Afghanistan. What happened?
While out on foot patrol, I stepped onto an IED (improvised explosive device). It was a large one and I was flown back the UK to die on British soil.

I was in a coma for nearly five weeks and the doctors told my family I had the worst blast brain injury they had seen in 25 years.

Somehow, however, I survived, and with the help of my family and rehab facility Headley Court, I’ve got to where I am now: training at a David Lloyd gym and hoping to compete in Iron Man and the Paralympics.

When did you decide you’d try and qualify for the Paralympics?
At Headley Court they chat constantly about the future and sports. When they said I could train for the Paralympics and possibly get into the Paralympics GB team, I was excited and wanted to get on it straight away.

At the 2012 Games, the Paralympics GB team demonstrated tremendous courage and showed the world that disability can’t hold you back if you are willing to keep going forward. I would be proud to be a part of that – and to show all those who thought I would never do anything due to the extent of my injuries that I am a fighter and will never give up.

I’ll be medically discharged from the army eventually and have always enjoyed sport. Being injured has given me a lot of opportunities that may never have come my way otherwise. As they say, when one door closes, another opens.

Have you singled out a particular event you will aim to qualify in?
Running. I’ve always enjoyed running and I used to be pretty fast, so I intend to get back to it as soon as I’m on my running legs. They do say that you can’t run before you can walk – and in my case, I know exactly what they mean.

Other than the Paralympics, do you have any other future sporting plans?
I’ve always enjoyed running and want to continue, so as I say, I would also like to take on the Iron Man challenge one day.

Where are you with your training at the moment, in relation to competing?
I’d love to be at the next Paralympics in 2016, and would like to take part in an Iron Man in two years’ time. I only started walking this year and, with Rob’s help [a personal trainer at David Lloyd Leisure], using my legs in the gym to help build the muscle.

I’m currently off my legs for about a month as I’ve just had surgery to shave down my right knee. I also had a nerve removed from my leg and put into my left hand to try and get some feeling in my fingers. I won’t be able to attend the gym until I’ve recovered from these operations, but as everyone who knows me knows, as soon as I can I will be back there at the gym working towards my goals again.

Have you always been into fitness?
I joined the army at 16 and that’s when my fitness training really started. I went on a run daily, sometimes carrying various weights up to about 42kg in my backpack as part of training. I joined David Lloyd last January for the first time because of the extensive equipment they have.

How often do you get to visit the gym for training sessions?
I only get home every four weeks and then I try for a daily session. Even when Rob is on a day off, he tries to get in to help me continue with my routine.

What is your favourite film?
I enjoy war films.

What is your favourite motto in life?
Never say never.

People News

ukactive announces new board members

Fitness industry body ukactive has named the five senior professionals who have been elected onto its board.

Andy McCabe, operations director of GLL; Martin Seibold, MD of Fitness First; and John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group will all represent multi-site operators. Meanwhile, Dave Wright, chief executive of CFM, has been re-elected as the member for independent operators. Nigel Wallace, client services director of training provider Lifetime, has been named as the board representative for educational suppliers.

Commenting on the new appointments, ukactive CEO David Stalker says: “Following a successful rebrand in 2012, we enter this period with renewed focus and energy. I’m delighted to welcome our new board members and I’m looking forward to working closely with them over the next three years.”

Lifetime’s Nigel Wallace is one of the new ukactive board members
Lifetime’s Nigel Wallace is one of the new ukactive board members

Founding director of énergie leaves company

David Beattie, a founding director of fitness chain énergie Group, has left the company to pursue new opportunities. He spent 10 years with the company, with his latest role being brand and marketing director.

“The company is about to embark on a new chapter and on a journey that will transform the organisation,” Beattie says.

“It is therefore the ideal time for me to take the opportunity to pursue my own personal goals across a broader portfolio of ventures.”

Beattie is leaving énergie to pursue ‘personal goals’
Beattie is leaving énergie to pursue ‘personal goals’
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People news: People profile - Anthony Cooper

Cooper lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Despite being told he’d never walk again, he recovered and was named David Lloyd Leisure’s PT Hero of the Year 2012 – and hopes to become a Paralympian

Published in Health Club Management 2013 issue 2

You were seriously injured on duty in Afghanistan. What happened?
While out on foot patrol, I stepped onto an IED (improvised explosive device). It was a large one and I was flown back the UK to die on British soil.

I was in a coma for nearly five weeks and the doctors told my family I had the worst blast brain injury they had seen in 25 years.

Somehow, however, I survived, and with the help of my family and rehab facility Headley Court, I’ve got to where I am now: training at a David Lloyd gym and hoping to compete in Iron Man and the Paralympics.

When did you decide you’d try and qualify for the Paralympics?
At Headley Court they chat constantly about the future and sports. When they said I could train for the Paralympics and possibly get into the Paralympics GB team, I was excited and wanted to get on it straight away.

At the 2012 Games, the Paralympics GB team demonstrated tremendous courage and showed the world that disability can’t hold you back if you are willing to keep going forward. I would be proud to be a part of that – and to show all those who thought I would never do anything due to the extent of my injuries that I am a fighter and will never give up.

I’ll be medically discharged from the army eventually and have always enjoyed sport. Being injured has given me a lot of opportunities that may never have come my way otherwise. As they say, when one door closes, another opens.

Have you singled out a particular event you will aim to qualify in?
Running. I’ve always enjoyed running and I used to be pretty fast, so I intend to get back to it as soon as I’m on my running legs. They do say that you can’t run before you can walk – and in my case, I know exactly what they mean.

Other than the Paralympics, do you have any other future sporting plans?
I’ve always enjoyed running and want to continue, so as I say, I would also like to take on the Iron Man challenge one day.

Where are you with your training at the moment, in relation to competing?
I’d love to be at the next Paralympics in 2016, and would like to take part in an Iron Man in two years’ time. I only started walking this year and, with Rob’s help [a personal trainer at David Lloyd Leisure], using my legs in the gym to help build the muscle.

I’m currently off my legs for about a month as I’ve just had surgery to shave down my right knee. I also had a nerve removed from my leg and put into my left hand to try and get some feeling in my fingers. I won’t be able to attend the gym until I’ve recovered from these operations, but as everyone who knows me knows, as soon as I can I will be back there at the gym working towards my goals again.

Have you always been into fitness?
I joined the army at 16 and that’s when my fitness training really started. I went on a run daily, sometimes carrying various weights up to about 42kg in my backpack as part of training. I joined David Lloyd last January for the first time because of the extensive equipment they have.

How often do you get to visit the gym for training sessions?
I only get home every four weeks and then I try for a daily session. Even when Rob is on a day off, he tries to get in to help me continue with my routine.

What is your favourite film?
I enjoy war films.

What is your favourite motto in life?
Never say never.

People News

ukactive announces new board members

Fitness industry body ukactive has named the five senior professionals who have been elected onto its board.

Andy McCabe, operations director of GLL; Martin Seibold, MD of Fitness First; and John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group will all represent multi-site operators. Meanwhile, Dave Wright, chief executive of CFM, has been re-elected as the member for independent operators. Nigel Wallace, client services director of training provider Lifetime, has been named as the board representative for educational suppliers.

Commenting on the new appointments, ukactive CEO David Stalker says: “Following a successful rebrand in 2012, we enter this period with renewed focus and energy. I’m delighted to welcome our new board members and I’m looking forward to working closely with them over the next three years.”

Lifetime’s Nigel Wallace is one of the new ukactive board members
Lifetime’s Nigel Wallace is one of the new ukactive board members

Founding director of énergie leaves company

David Beattie, a founding director of fitness chain énergie Group, has left the company to pursue new opportunities. He spent 10 years with the company, with his latest role being brand and marketing director.

“The company is about to embark on a new chapter and on a journey that will transform the organisation,” Beattie says.

“It is therefore the ideal time for me to take the opportunity to pursue my own personal goals across a broader portfolio of ventures.”

Beattie is leaving énergie to pursue ‘personal goals’
Beattie is leaving énergie to pursue ‘personal goals’
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