July 26, 2018
For Immediate Release
Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee Promotes Health and Wellness with New Health and Wellness Program
To encourage the physical fitness and overall good health of rowers, the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee has partnered with local professionals to introduce several proactive wellness initiatives leading up to and on Regatta Day.
“The health and well-being of the rowers is of utmost importance to us,” said Chris Neary, President of the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee. “By offering our health and wellness program, we are endeavoring to support them with the maintenance and improvement of their physical and nutritional needs, which in turn provides additional positive impact in fostering a healthy community.”
In the spring, a health and wellness fair was held in conjunction with the IceMelt Erg Indoor Rowing Challenge and given its success, will return next year.
Simply for Life’s expert consultants provided athletes with nutrition sessions and food demonstrations, as well as nutrition plans.
“Simply For Life is so excited to be able to provide health and wellness education for the athletes,” said Gail O’Brien, Simply For Life nutritionist. “The Regatta embodies such a sense of community in St. John’s and that is something we are passionate about, as well.”
Rowers have also been taking part in special yoga classes in the lead-up to the Regatta, which were led by yoga instructors from Lululemon St. John’s.
“We are so happy to connect the yoga and rowing communities to create ‘Rowga’ – a three-part yoga series at the Regatta boathouse,” said Rena Kufudi, Key Leader at Lululemon St. John’s.
On Regatta Day, rowers can take advantage of the Zen Zone, a special health and wellness tent. It will include professionals from Simply For Life and Lululemon, as well as experts from ProActive Wellness and Prevention.
“We are excited to offer therapeutic services, including stretching and massage, for the athletes pre- and post-race,” said Rebecca Cahill, registered physiotherapist with ProActive Wellness and Prevention.
LeighAnne O’Neill, General Manager of the Royal St. John’s Regatta, noted the health and wellness tent will also have other benefits, including ergometers which will be available for crews to book, to use for their warm up.
“We are so excited to offer The Zen Zone in a tent next to the Boathouse this year. It will be a place where the rowers can warm up before their race, take a break from the day’s excitement throughout the day, plus, receive therapeutic massage/physiotherapy after their race,” LeighAnne said.
For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
LeighAnne O’Neill, General Manager
Royal St. John’s Regatta