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Olympian charges up Bury power workers

Power workers in Bury St Edmunds were given a lesson in how to recharge their energy, during a visit from a former rowing world champion.

From Press releases - 19 November 2019 12:00 AM


UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and the South East, hosted Toby Garbett at its Barton Road base.

Toby is a double Olympian who competed for Britain’s rowing team at the 2004 Games in Athens and a two-time world Champion in the cox and coxless fours in the sport. After moving into triathlon he retired in 2008 to set up his own business as a fitness coach and consultant.

UK Power Networks partnered with Toby and Training Consultancy Beyond the Barriers to deliver the session, one of several scheduled across the by the firm, as part of its Your Energy programme designed to help staff maximise their energy levels and remind them of the importance of good health and well-being.

Toby co-designed the training which takes lessons from elite sport into a work environment. The Bury session focused on energy capacity for staff and advised how exercise and movement can improve energy levels as well as help combat stress and potential fatigue.

Dawn McDonald, health and wellbeing manager at UK Power Networks, said: “As part of our vision to be an employer of choice, we encourage staff to work together and look to improve their own health and well-being as well as looking out for colleagues.

“It was fantastic to draw on Toby’s experience of top level sport. Massive pressure comes with competing at Olympics and World Championships, and it’s hugely beneficial for our staff to learn how keeping energy levels high can help not only manage the pressures and improve productivity at work, but also support how they spend their quality time at home.
“We want to ensure our employees can work safely and efficiently, providing a platform to improve resilience, reduce the risk of stress and increase peoples’ capacity to cope with life’s challenges.”
Olympian Toby Garbett, from Beyond the Barriers, said: “The USP for the sessions is an overall approach to health and well-being to focus on people’s cardiovascular fitness, their strength, their balance and their flexibility.

“The session on energy capacity was about building exercise and movement and the different components of fitness into people’s lives both at home and at work so they can get the benefit

“We are just trying to inspire people to take up the challenge of increasing exercise levels and to establish what works best for them. The session was really well-received with everyone giving it a go and being engaged.”