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FFIT Cymru leaders lose almost 12 stone and transform health outlook in seven weeks

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THE FIVE leaders from S4C’s FFIT Cymru are celebrating a total weight loss of an incredible 11 stone 10.5 lbs between them – and an amazing 125.3 inches from their bodies – after successfully completing a gruelling health and fitness regime over the last seven weeks.

Viewers were gripped as Emlyn Bailey from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Annaly Jones from Carmarthen, Matthew Jones from Aberystwyth, Mared Fôn Owen from Bodedern and David Roberts from Caerphilly overhauled their daily routines to shed the pounds, increase fitness, improve their health and transform their lives.

The series came full circle, with the leaders’ staggering results revealed to them as they took to the scales, and underwent a health assessment, in the finale, at Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.

The five leaders have been expertly supported in their journey by personal trainer Rae Carpenter, dietician Sioned Quirke and psychologist Dr Ioan Rees, with each of their individual detailed plans available online for viewers to follow.

Rae Carpenter said: “After the medical results at the beginning of the series, the reasons our five had applied to be part of FFIT Cymru this year had changed. We revealed a risk of a stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, high lung ages and very poor fitness levels… and more.

“Having watched our last programme, you will see that following fitness plans, eating healthily and changing mentality will have helped our five to overcome these problems. Some might even say that taking part in FFIT Cymru saved and transformed their whole lives.

“And hopefully they’ve learned from us, the three experts, what they need to do to continue on their journey and to prove that it’s good to live life.”

Matthew Jones, Aberystwyth:

30-year old Matthew admitted as the series began that he was “uncomfortable” in his own skin. Obesity, cancer and diabetes runs in his family. He lost his mother to cancer when he was just two years old, and his father has suffered two mini strokes. Matthew admitted that he needed to cut down his alcohol consumption.

Around 40% of his initial body weight was fat and worryingly, his fitness level was in the 70-79 bracket. Matthew has reduced his weight from 16st 4lb to 14st 6lb and he’s lost a quarter of his body fat, and 22 inches off his body size. His fitness level is going in the right direction, as he is now in the 60-69 bracket.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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