CARA announced today that they will host the first ever National fit4all week and National fit4all Expo. The fit4all week will run from the 8th May to the 14th May with the National Expo taking place on the 10th May in the newly opened National Indoor Arena.

The 5 times All Ireland winner and patron for fit4all Aidan O’Mahony and Operation Transformation Leader Chris Mc Elligott were on hand at the National Aquatic Centre today to mark the announcement.

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The fit4all week is a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities their families & carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community. Fit4all week also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.

“Throughout the Fit4All week, we are inviting leisure Centres, fitness facilities, community halls, professional trainers etc. around the country to open up their centres and invite individuals with disabilities to participate in their programmes and to try out everything within their facility” – Brenda O’Donnell, Inclusive Fitness Coordinator Cara Centre

“Our National fit4all Expo, which is a free of charge event, will showcase a wide range of fitness classes, programmes and equipment in a bid to let individuals with disabilities and professionals working in the fitness sector know how easy it is to make inclusive opportunities available within their local centres or facilities. “– Niamh Daffy, Managing Director, Cara Centre

There will be a full schedule of classes throughout the day of the Expo, each highlighting the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, including classes hosted by Kris Saunders Stowe, the Founder of Wheely Good Fitness in the UK. Kris provides unique and modern fitness classes to wheelchair users and to the wider disability community.

The Expo will also pay host to an exhibition of services and products from companies, retailers and vendors working in the fitness sector. Each exhibitor will be highlighting their product or service with special focus on how it can improve or assist with the inclusion of individuals with a disability into their centre programmes.

Leisure Centres that are interested in participating in the fit4all week are encouraged to register their centre details at www.caracentre.ie/fit4all and any individual wishing to take part during the week can check out the list of active centres on our website www.caracentre.ie/fit4all

Present in Photos - Chris Mc Elligott (operation Transformation), Patrice Dockery (Paralympian), Dale Blount (St Michaels House) and Aidan O'Mahony Patron (Dancing with the Stars)

If any leisure centres, fitness facilities, community halls, professional trainers etc want to become more inclusive or run an event during Fit4all week, please contact Brian O'Donnell, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer for the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area on 01-2719506

For further information from the CARA Centre on Fit4all programme, please contact Brenda O’Donnell, Inclusive Fitness Coordinator, CARA Centre on 01-6251160 W: www.caracentre.ie F: https://www.facebook.com/Caracentre.ie/ T: @CaraCentre_ie About CARA

CARA is a national organisation which provides a collaborative and partnership platform throughout Ireland to impact on enhancing sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. CARA believes that sport and physical activity for people with disabilities is a means of enhancing life, increasing social interaction, improving physical and mental health and empowering people in all aspects of their lives. Our challenge is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same awareness of and access to opportunities to be active

About fit4all: fit4all is a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities, families/carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community. fit4all also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.

Aidan O’Mahony: Aidan O’Mahony is a 5 time all Ireland winning player for Kerry and 2 time all star recipient. Aidan made 70 championship appearances and featured in 85 league games for Kerry. O'Mahony announced his retirement from inter-county football on 23 January 2017. He is currently a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (Ireland)