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Last month we celebrated the outstanding work of our hard working staff at our second Staff Awards evening.  Teams from Halo’s 22 sites based across Herefordshire, Bridgend County, Shropshire and Highworth came together to recognise the contribution the staff make to the success of the organisation and their contribution to Halo’s mission of “Creating Healthier Communities”.

The winner of Halo Leisure’s Volunteer of the Year 2017 is …… Julie O’Connor. Julie is a regular sight in the pool at Pencoed where she is a popular swimming teacher.  From everyone at Halo especially those you have introduced to the world of water - thank you for all your time and effort - we are proud to have you part of the team!​

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Manager of the Year 2017 is…… Karl Paterson. Karl’s half full approach to life and management makes him a standout leader at Halo centres in Maesteg, Ogmore and Garw. A self confessed disciple of Disney ‘nothing is too much trouble’ for Karl when it comes to supporting the local community to get more physically active.

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Employee of the Year 2017 is ….. Stuart James. As a 16 year old member of the Welsh youth triathlon team, Stuart knew his future lay in leisure. Lifeguarding was the starting point for a varied career in the industry which has led to Stuart recently being appointed as Customer Services Manager with a specialism in operations, at Bridgend Life Centre. We’re lucky to have you Stuart.

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Outstanding Achievement 2017 is…….Dana Machackova. “I have the best job I could wish for” says Dana who is a popular member of the fitness team at Halo centre in Ross-On-Wye. Dana combines her love of sport both professionally and personally. As a fitness professional she encourages people to get the most from their workouts and on a personal front pushes herself to amazing achievements whether in the pool or on the road or bike. Finishing 13th in her first Ironman led to Dana qualifying for European middle distance events, more recently she took best women top 10 position in the British Championships. She is now part of Team GB and has her sights set on representing her country in Ibiza next year.  Dana - we are honoured and proud to have you part of Team Halo. 

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Health and Safety Award is …… Bridgnorth Leisure Centre. The centre has recently undergone a major refurbishment. Despite all the building work and disruption, the team worked tirelessly to make sure the facilities were clean, safe and welcoming whilst we had the builders in. With the new gym, exercise studio and changing facilities all in place - the team are just as passionate about helping existing customers maintain their motivation as well as encouraging even more new people to get more active more often. Pictured is James from the centre.

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Customer Choice Award 2017 is ….. Ian Scrivens. What can we say - the staff and customers at Halo Ross-On-Wye just love Ian. From swimming lessons, gym workouts to group exercise classes, Ian has helped  hundreds of local people of all ages and abilities to introduce physical activity into their lives and maintain the exercise habit.  Customers call him the ‘all rounder’ as there isn’t a role he isn’t involved with or passionate about. We would like to thank Ian for his role in helping more people get more active more often.​

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Innovation Champion 2017 is….Cathy Fletcher.  As an organisation innovation is at our core. We are always looking at new ways to help us meet our mission of “Creating Healthier Communities”. Cathy in particular is passionate on this front and constantly coming up with new ideas, products, campaigns, offers, services to make our customers get the most from their workouts and enjoy their Halo experience.  

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​And the winner of Halo Leisure's Long Service Award is.... Sally Davis. From a career starting in Bridgend County Borough Councils leisure department to her current role as manager of Halo centres in Ynysawdre, Pencoed and Pyle - Sally has been committed to helping local people get more active for 25 years. We are so very proud to have such pedigree on our team.

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And the winner of Halo Leisure’s Centre of Year 2017 is….. Ross-On-Wye Swimming Pool. Ross has long been recognised as outstanding. Several years ago the centre was runner up in UK Active’s National Leisure Centre of the Year.  Customers are greeted with a smile and their first name - giving a real community feel to the place and placing the centre at the top of Halo’s customer service rankings. With every aspect of operations from front of house, swimming lessons, gym workouts, group exercise classes, health and safety, housekeeping to maintenance being carried out to the highest standards - it is no surprise that Ross is the 2017 centre of the year. Keep up the great work.


Don’t they scrub up well…… Halo staff swopped their trainers, trunks, t-shirts and trackies for ties, tux, suits, frocks and stilettos at Saturday's Halo Staff Awards ceremony.  

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​And a massive thank you to the project team for making the night such a success......

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