Gym strives to buy defibrillator

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Members of the Crossfit gym in Nelson have held a competition as part of a fund-raising drive to buy a defibrillator.

The competition, labelled The Halloween Throwdown, was an all day event in which 26 teams, each consisting of one male and one female, took part in four events consisting of fitness exercises such as rowing, kettle bell swings, box jumps and skipping.

The members donated £20 per team to the defibrillator and there was a cake stall, tea and coffee, all contributing to the £650 raised in order to purchase the defib.

Winners were Alistair Quinn and Alex Hodges, runners-up were Jonathan Doney and Laura Fielding and Daniel Baldwin and Halima Aziz came thir

The highest placed masters (over 40 year olds) were Frankie Shickle and Joanne Hardister. CrossFit was opened on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in May by Michael Rawson, former first team head of strength and conditioning at Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town, and already has more than 100 members.

Michael was pitch-side in March, 2012 when Bolton player Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a game against Tottenham Hotspur.

He said: “A defibrillator would be a great addition to the gym as it really could save someone’s life if the worst was to happen.

“Ever since Fabrice collapsed, it’s been something I’ve always thought is needed in more public places, especially sporting venues.”

If his dream is realised, Michael has agreed to allow it to be used by anyone on the estate who is in need of it.