Participants of Churton Toote’s Fitness Program began their 12-week training in mid-September. The group, which has a combination of adult and child participants, meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. John the Baptist’s Parish Hall.
“This Fitness Program builds one’s endurance, gets the body in shape and contributes to weight loss all at the same time,” he explained. “The participants did not go on an eating plan or dieting at all.”
Toote said that between Oct.13- 16, the members embarked on their fifth week of fitness training, and it was then that they competed in a smash ball tournament from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each evening.
An awards presentation took place on Oct. 20, and competitors were rewarded for their efforts. The first place winner was Lynn Dames-Nicholson with nine wins and one loss. In second place was Vado Bootle with eight wins and two losses. Monique Curry secured a third place finish with seven wins, and three losses.
The remaining competitors were: Zoya Thompson – six wins, four losses; Kayla Forbes – six wins, four losses; Jackie Bootle, five wins, five losses; Lueann Thompson, four wins, six losses; Jonna Russell-Bootle, three wins, seven losses; Melrose Moultrie, two wins, eight losses; and Joana Bootle, two wins, four losses. Special recognition was also given to Pastor Shawn Robins for his participation in his absence at the awards ceremony.
“This is a part of our Getting in Shape/Getting Together Program; the first four weeks we did hills and sit ups,” he shared. “What this does is bring out the best in the individual, and they do what they feel is comfortable.”
Toote said that another smash ball tournament will be held in the program’s 12th week, which will bring the program to a close.