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Inspirational gym member crowned member of the year

11 December 2015

An inspirational gym member has been recognised at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Zoey Wright won the Member Achievement award at the National Fitness Awards in Leicester on Friday 4 December.

Zoey, 22, has battled with a debilitating illness, Ulcerative Colitis (a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease) since 2012 and in November 2014, after a series of intravenous drug infusions failed, she made the courageous decision to have her large intestine removed meaning she has to wear an ostomy bag

The independent panel of judges said: “The first thing that struck me when reading through her profile is that despite having to suffer a number of life changing situations, Zoey continued to fight back in her own way and seemingly faced each obstacle head on.

“Zoey would have had numerous dark days during the period while she was constantly in and out of hospital, but the fact that she kept her gym visits as one of the few constants both shows her determination and also the quality of the service the gym provided.

“She is a fighter and instantly becomes a role model to young women, patients suffering from debilitating conditions, people making excuses about working out, anyone who has faced dark depressing times and everyone in-between.”

Simon Court, Head of Sport and Recreation at the Penryn Campus, was at the awards with some of his team to support Zoey, he said: "We are so proud of Zoey and everything she has achieved. We witness and assist her training regime at our gym and her dedication is incredible".

The Penryn Campus Fitness Centre was also the runner up for the 'Gym Team of the Year' award which assessed gym teams across the UK for their shared vision, communication processes commitment to members and respect for each other.

Awards were handed out in over 20 categories at a glittering ceremony at The Athena in Leicester, attended by 850 people and hosted by Katie Bulmer-Cooke and Olympic swimming medallist Steve Parry.