I am a dad of two very busy kiddos. Liam, 7years old, is the sporty and active boy. We used to go for long walks in the Majik Forest when he was 1 (starting off on my back and soon he insisted on walking himself) every Saturday morning when Shirley did either a new course or taught early morning classes. Part of it was to entertain him and my Labrador, Max, but a huge part of it was to burn some energy and get him tired. The two of us attend the occasional Park Run on a Saturday morning or on excursions over rocks and caves at the sea, always including Max.
Ava is our ballerina. She is 4 years old, but her need for movement is very different. She struggles with gross motor movements and we practice balancing, walking on lines and balancing bean bags on her head when walking as she REALLY wants to start with ballet next year. Shirley is very adamant to help her gain confidence and reach her goal.
I took to trail running about 4 years ago. A big reason was stress related. I started with 3km, then 5km, soon my first trail run of 10km and soon that was history…now I regularly partake in half marathons and Max, my Labrador, is my running partner. Shirley started training me in Hypos after she came back from her first training in Barcelona in 2016 and the impact of this in my running time and mostly comfort when running (due to postural and breathing improvement) was phenomenal. Her ways and methods are definitely not just for women’s health, but for sure for general health and wellbeing and to improve athletic performance. Now I run because I enjoy it and I find being in nature is where my mind becomes refreshed and creativity sets in.
I work in a freelance capacity as a multimedia designer, designing websites, corporate identities, presentations and much more. I am also in charge of the administration/IT/marketing for CoreConnect…anything tech and admin related, and I have been a demo model for Shirley at some of her workshops 😉
I have always believed in Shirley’s ability to take what she was learning and create her own package. CoreConnect has been brewing and simmering in our minds for years and I know this will offer many people a safe space to practice and exercise, to find themselves, make friends, socialise and just be.