Overcoming tragedy to become poster girl for fitness campaign

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Claire Stevens is a member of Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, which is managed by the charity Fusion Lifestyle on behalf of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

The ‘Return to Fitness’ campaign tells inspirational stories from all over the country in a bid to inspire and encourage others to tackle their own fitness goals.

Claire has appeared on posters in and around the centre, on its website and social media platforms and on flyers which are being distributed in the community.

She joined Fusion in 2016 after a family bereavement and a miscarriage affected her mental health, weight and general fitness.

Despite always being active and running around after her two year old, she was about to turn 40 and wanted to be ‘baby ready’ to have a second child.

Claire also wanted to achieve a lifelong ambition to learn to swim – which she missed out on as a child and had always regretted.

She celebrated her 40th birthday by swimming 40 lengths – and now regularly enjoys going to the gym and attending Zumba classes.  

Claire said: “Within a few weeks of joining Fusion, I was swimming front crawl and learning to swim breaststroke.

“I also watched the scales steadily come down and felt healthier and fitter every week.

“When I ‘returned to fitness’ after having our son, I set myself five stone to lose, and with a healthy diet and Fusion’s help I’m only half a stone away from my target.”

Carl Bentley, Regional Business Manager of Fusion Lifestyle, said: ‘‘At Fusion, we are on a mission to help our members reach their goals.

“We are all about overcoming the big and little hurdles life throws at us, rediscovering abilities we thought we had lost, and empowering people to recover from injuries so they can become fitness stars once again.

“These are the stories that we want to tell this autumn through our new campaign, and what better way to do this than to put our members front and centre of our new campaign?”

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