William, Allan, Amy and Nicholas

May 2024

Meet Allan, Amy and their sons William and Nicholas! The CGC has been a big part of their daily lives since joining as a family in 2011. For many years, they all enjoyed the karate program. Now you can find Amy upstairs in the Fitness Centre or on the Track when Allan, William and Nicholas are participating in karate. While they each do their own activities a bit more these days, they all agreed one of their favourite ways to spend time together is swimming, especially during the Member Only Swim on Saturday nights!

"I am motivated by spending time together as a family, setting a positive example and staying healthy for life."
  • Where is your hometown?
"Lakeside, NS"
  • What do you like about the CGC/where will we find you in the CGC?
Allan – "You'll find me in the dojo, the pool, or even on the surrounding trails with our dog." Amy – "We enjoy so many aspects of the CGC. Most notably, Murphy's Karate Club, members only swim time, and the flexibility of using the Track and Fitness Centre." William – "You'll often find me in the karate dojo!" Nicholas – "I have been active in karate at the Centre since I was young, but I also enjoy going for swims from time to time."
  • What is your favourite workout routine or your current fitness goal/accomplishment?
Nicholas – "I believe the overall goal is to maintain strength which is vital for the future."
  • What is your go-to workout song or what are you listening to right now?
Allan – "I listen to podcasts, usually about history." 
  • What is your favourite post-workout snack?
Allan –"Every once in a while, we'll stop for some ice cream!" William –"My favourite post-workout snacks are a banana and chocolate milk." Nicholas –"I like having something salty or grain-based like a sandwich which is great after some exercise!" 
  • What is your favourite food or indulgence?
Allan – "Homemade pizza night on Fridays." Nicholas – "One of my favourite foods is salad. You can put so many different things in them and it has a real unique flavour!"      
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
Allan – "I enjoy walking our dog on the trails." Amy – "All our spare time is spent at the CGC!" Nicholas – "I like playing video games with friends, or taking my bike out on nice days. In the winter, going sledding is always nice!" 
  • What motivates you to be active/why is fitness important to you?
Amy – "Fitness brings families together which is why the CGC is so great. There are opportunities for all ages." Allan – "I am motivated by spending time together as a family, setting a positive example and staying healthy for life." 
  • What is your favourite book/movie/TV show?
Allan – "My favourites are always changing as I discover new things. I recently watched the Dune movies which I thought were great." Nicholas – "Top Gun: Maverick is one of my favourite movies of all time, for its humour and good action scenes." 
  • What is your favourite memory of the CGC?
Allan – "Getting my black belt from Murphy's Karate Club." Amy – "My favourite memory of the CGC was when the facility first opened and we got our pictures taken for our passes for the first time. Our 13-year-old was only six months old!" William – "My favourite memories are going swimming with my family." Nicholas – "My best memories of the CGC are of our family going for swims together and having a blast!"  
  • What was your first impression of the CGC?
Allan – "The CGC felt like something unique and special and I knew right away that it would be a big part of our lives." Amy – "My first impression was sheer joy. We felt very lucky to have such an amazing facility in our own community." Nicholas – "I was quite young when I first started at the CGC, but I remember being amazed at the size of it and all the different and unique activities." 
  • What is your favourite motivational quote?
Amy – "Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out." Nicholas – "Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts."
  • What do you wish other people knew about the CGC?
Amy – "I wish other people knew how user friendly the facility is. The entire staff is knowledgeable and they can help you with any questions along the way." Nicholas – "Many people first think about it for the pool area, but there are so many other things to do!" 

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