Member Ambassador



Dear Member,

We are searching for a “Members’ Ambassador”, someone to join Robbie Henshaw, Jack Carty and a number of other local sports people to represent our centre in 2019.

The Ambassador programme has been in place since 2016 and the main aim is to inspire the local and surrounding communities to participate in physical activity and exercise.  Athlone RSC Ambassadors are dedicated athletes who are from the locality and are achieving both National and International success. They are doing themselves, their teams, their families and their community proud and we believe as Ambassadors of Athlone RSC they inspire the wider community to believe that anything is achievable and that participation in sport or any form of exercise is beneficial and rewarding.

Athlone RSC are offering members the opportunity to nominate themselves or a fellow member to take on the role of our “Members’ Ambassador”.  The ideal candidate may have:

  • Achieved a major personal goal through their participation or training here at Athlone RSC
  • Overcame a fear, ailment, disability or any barrier to achieve their personal goal
  • Inspired and motivated you or others through their achievements

Are you one of those people? Or do you know someone who you think would fit the role of a Members’ Ambassador?   Please let us know by either :

  • Sending an email marked “Members’ Ambassador” to with your nomination and the reasons why you are nominating that person
  • Filling in our Nomination form and posting in box marked “Members’ Ambassador” outside the Fitness Studio or in the Comment Boxes located around the centre

We believe that age is no barrier to exercise and we want to welcome nominations for members of all ages.  All entries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Closing date for nominations is Friday January 18th, 2019.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Liam Cunningham

Blog 3 – Friday December 14th, 2018

‘Three lessons learned as a result of my experience’




I started back working in The Sports centre this week and it was nice to be back teaching for the new term. It didn’t feel like much of a transition, probably helped by the fact that I have been training 3-4 times per week in there this month.


The levels I teach range from deep end swimmers right down to the small pool where children take their first tentative steps into learning how to swim. Some of the apprehensive young swimmers had their fears confirmed when they seen a fella going to teach them in the baby pool, dirty looks and some waterworks were triggered from the children clinging tightly to Mammy’s leg. Some more coaxing ensued that everyone participated in the lesson. I’d like to think that it was my warm and welcoming persona that had changed their minds but the promise of playing with toys for the entire class seems the more likely answer.

Lesson 1: People care more than you think.

This part is going to sound like bragging, but it really isn’t. I had so much support throughout every step of my recovery. My phone was overflowing with messages of well wishes once I was back on social media, tons of people came to visit me when I arrived home, enough get well soon and mass cards to double the share price of Hallmark and there was even a mass said for me. Friends were brilliant for bringing me for spins to football games, to the cinema or even just for keeping me company while I recovered at home. The thing is, sometimes we can’t see how much our absence would affect the people in our lives. Although I realise that we can’t all have that outpouring of support and love shown to us on a daily basis, we can live with the knowledge that the love is there for us.


Lesson 2: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Although I’m aware that it’s an overused cliché, this doesn’t make it any less true. When I was in hospital me and my family agreed that we wouldn’t argue over silly things anymore, we’d be living saints to everyone. I’d say it lasted a week before I was berating my brother for eating the last bag of Tayto left in the house which I had hidden in the kitchen. It’s very easy to slip into old habits. One thing I’ve done to try and keep things in perspective is set the unlock code on my phone to the date I had a brain haemorrhage. Will I remember what was annoying me today in a week? Tomorrow? An hour?  The majority of these ‘problems’ don’t require you to stress over them, get thick about or waste energy thinking about them.


Lesson 3: Nothing really changes (unless you change it)

What changed once I recovered? I didn’t wake up a millionaire, Ireland wasn’t suddenly experiencing tropical weather and the visits from friends became more infrequent. The world keeps turning, you’re just 1/7,700,000,000 of the planet’s population. You’re pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things. However, my attitude to things has changed drastically in the past couple of months. I wouldn’t recommend having a brain haemorrhage to appreciate what’s going on in your life, and really is it even necessary? Luckily, I have came out the other side of my encounter the exact same as I was before physically. However, my mindset is far different to before. This isn’t because I could have bit the dust, it’s because I chose to change it.

Don’t forget that it’s still not too late to register for the Swim to Recovery Challenge, you can pick any distance you like which would represent a challenge for you whether that is your first 1km swim or the 10km swim there’s something to suit everyone. There is a training program sent out weekly to keep you on track for your goal.





Blog 2 – Thursday November 29 th , 2018


First Week of Training


My first week of training coincided with my first week back driving since I was in hospital. I eagerly anticipated both like a child waiting for Santie on Christmas Eve. My bag was packed Sunday evening with two towels, two pairs of goggles, two pairs of swimming togs, two hats and enough shampoo and shower gel to keep me sparkling until 2020. I had the car cleaned too, giving it a valet fitting for a show car. I also had the seat and mirrors fixed to the appropriate height.

I’m sure my Mam was wondering whether the side effect of the surgery was that I had became super organised and stopped procrastinating. You’ll find out whether I overcome this later in this blog when I’m finished it…just need to check that YouTube video on motivation first…. refresh my Instagram feed…..check out that new Netflix series….. You get the picture!

The first session back was the Monday morning Lane Coach from 7:15-8:15. I was up in plenty of time and ready for action.  My various alarms had done the trick. The session was tough especially after a couple of weeks off training. but it was the perfect start to the challenge while motivation was sky high. I returned home afterwards, my house was crazy busy. My Mam trying to get my sisters ready for school and lunches ready, my Dad on his way out the door to work. One bad habit I’ve fallen into since I’ve deferred college is having a lie on. So, having had my training session in before they had even got up, I couldn’t resist, ‘Nice to see you all finally up’ I remarked smugly. I then preceded to hop back into bed for another hour possibly putting an asterisk over the productiveness of my morning.

My enthusiasm for driving was at an all time high this week similar to the first few days after passing your test. I was flying off the couch for any reason to get a drive, bread and milk, the paper, the tyres need air, the smallest excuse was good for me. The only significant side affect from my brain aneurysm was that I had double vison for about two months after it. This obviously enough stopped me from being behind the wheel, however the double vision did provide me with some odd images.

When sitting in the front seat all I could see was opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road coming towards us. Imagine driving down the wrong way of the motorway for an insight into being in the passenger seat with my eyes back then. The strangest image was when I checked to see if anything was coming at a junction for my friend who was driving (I’m hoping they checked too), I couldn’t see any car coming but what I did see was several cows on the road grazing away (they were in the adjacent field).

The second session of the week was on Tuesday Lane Coach from 9:15-10:00PM, which I must admit had the advantage of not craving another hour or five in bed once it was time to go. The session was at a faster pace than Monday morning with less distance covered. The Lane Coach sessions are always guided by an experienced instructor and help to keep your training from slipping, even though you would much rather spend another 30 seconds at the wall supping your water bottle, deep down you know they’re right to keep you moving.

The third session was on Thursday around lunchtime for an easy recovery swim for 45 minutes with no goal other than to try and loosen out my fatigued arms. My drive to get up for my fourth and final session on Friday morning was not quite at Monday levels but it was still pretty high, I set all my alarms from Monday 6:51, 6:52, 6:53, 6:54 and so on. I never looked at them too closely and come Friday morning I was pleasantly surprised to feel refreshed and ready for my early morning swim. Only for me to check my phone and see it was really half 9, I had set my alarms to repeat only on Mondays. I made it in later with my tail between my legs to get the session done during a public swim.

On another positive note I will be back swim teaching in the sports centre shortly with my double vision resolved. Thankfully, I won’t be telling any mothers that their child is struggling in lessons especially considering they have 4 arms and 4 legs.



Bodypump 100 – 14th January in Athlone RSC

On 14 January 2017, BODYPUMP100 is set to land.    Like thousands of fitness clubs around the world, we’ll be taking part in the world’s most powerful workout.  This will be something truly inspiring to be part of.





BODYPUMP™ is for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit – fast. Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP gives you a total body workout.

It will burn up to 590 calories*.Instructors will coach you through the scientifically proven moves and techniques pumping out encouragement, motivation and great music – helping you achieve much more than on your own! You’ll leave the class feeling challenged and motivated, ready to come back for more. BODYPUMP is available as a 60 minute workout.
Our BODYPUMP100 event will be at Athlone Regional Sport Centre on 14 January. Get it in your calendar now! And if you want to start getting inspired, you can find out more about BODYPUMP100 at

You can share in some incredible stories from around the world, showing how BODYPUMP has helped all kinds of people find their stronger self.



Bryce Hastings, at Les Mills, NZ

The secret to BODYPUMP is The Rep Effect – a breakthrough in resistance training that helps create long, lean muscles and a toned, strong physique.

Research has confirmed that BODYPUMP™ has strong calorie and fat-burning effects and it improves aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. There is also evidence that BODYPUMP classes can have positive psychological benefits.

The secret to BODYPUMP is The Rep Effect a breakthrough in resistance training that is proven to deliver a total body transformation. The Rep Effect throws traditional thinking about lifting heavy weights on its head. It exhausts muscles using light weights, while performing high repetitions.

Using The Rep Effect, BODYPUMP classes give you sculpted shoulders, defined biceps and triceps, strong lean legs, firm glutes and a tight core. Choreography in each of these areas is specifically targeted so you’ll burn fat, burn more calories and achieve more meaningful fat loss and muscle fatigue. The end result is that you build strength without building bulk. 

In a typical BODYPUMP class you’ll perform between 800 and 1000 reps in a single group workout. That’s more than four times the amount a person can achieve when training alone.

Learn more about the latest BODYPUMP workout at 

Athlone RSC runs  BODYPUMP classes each week, talk to us about a time that suits you to check out this fitness phenomenon.