Olympic star to officially open outdoor gym

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An Olympic marathon runner will be on Hayling Island this month, hoping to inspire others with her achievements.

Liz Yelling, who is also a Commonwealth Games medalist, will officially open the adiZone outdoor gym at Eastoke Corner on Friday, January 21, at 1pm.

The free gym first opened its doors in August, after funding was secured by Havant Borough Council.

Liz's arrival this month will add a touch of Olympic fever ahead of London 2012.

The adiZone was designed and developed by Adidas, and boasts sporting facilities inspired by Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Pupils from local schools and college students will be demonstrating what they can do on with its facilities at the event.

The structure includes a basketball, football and tennis area, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area to encourage dance, aerobics and gymnastics.

Councillor Andy Lenaghan, portfolio holder for culture and community from the borough council, said: 'Since the gym was completed in summer 2010 the feedback has been great.

'With the start of 2011 and New Year resolutions it's a great opportunity to remind people that the facility is open 365 days a year so there is no excuse.

'The completion of this project was a result of months of hard work behind the scenes by officers at the council securing the funding.'