Female-friendly gym named after popular administrator

Liam Saunders, Sue Berrow and Commander Sophie Shaughnessy at the new gym suite
Liam Saunders, Sue Berrow and Commander Sophie Shaughnessy at the new gym suite
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A NEW gym suite at HMS Sultan designed to be ‘female friendly’ has been named in honour of a long-serving employee.

Sultan’s sports and recreation centre (Sarc) administrator, Sue Berrow, has lent her name to the facility, which includes an area where Armed Forces personnel who are preparing to return to work after childbirth can bring their babies while they train.

Ms Berrow has worked at Sultan for 11 years and said she was delighted with the honour.

She said: ‘I just kept laughing when I heard, as I honestly thought it was a joke until all of a sudden the boss turned up with a plaque.

‘I am a little taken aback, but I’m very pleased, and I think it’s quite an honour to have it up there.’

The ‘Sue Berrow Suite’ gives Sarc users the opportunity to train in a different environment to any other place at the centre.

Ms Berrow, an Interserve employee, said the new gym was a great addition to Sultan’s existing fitness facilities.

She said: ‘Female friendly means that if you feel a little intimidated in the 24-hour suite, which you can do with a lot of guys in there lifting heavy weights, you can then go up to an area which is a little bit more calmer and quieter and there’s things there where you can just go and get on with a workout.

‘The facility is not just for the girls but it’s there for the boys who may also prefer a quieter environment.’

Sultan’s executive officer Commander Sophie Shaughnessy formally opened the suite.

Cmdr Shaughnessy said the honour was well-deserved.

She said: ‘Sue has given a number of years of extremely dedicated, loyal and cheerful service to all the people who come into the Sarc.

‘So, as a thank-you to Sue and to preserve her forever in Sarc history, we decided it was appropriate to name the new fitness suite after her.

‘Big open-plan gyms can be intimidating, especially to new mums, and this is the perfect complement to the 24/7 gym.’