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WOW team members earn awards at Fitness Canada championships


AKWESASNE - The WOW Team is a non-profit women’s organization, led by Laura Tarbell of Tarbell Pilates and Heart to Heart Fitness Center in Akwesasne, that strives to educate and empower women to reach their health and fitness goals.

The group meets once a week for workouts and nutrition classes and email networking as well as a private Facebook page was created in order to fully incorporate a healthy lifestyle and promote a team camaraderie. The group strives to create a caring and nurturing venue for women to work on personal health and fitness goals through the support of one another. Throughout the two years in operation, the W.O.W. Team has impacted the lives of approximately 50 women from Akwesasne and surrounding areas.

They are attempting to increase the number of women who participate in the group who share their common health and fitness goals. “We don’t expect that every woman who joins our group will be a fitness competitor, but the overall goals of our team is to improve women’s health and fitness. We hope to be examples to women of all ages who are attempting to make changes in their lifestyles in order to increase their overall self awareness, happiness, and confidence as well as physical fitness,” Ms. Tarbell said.

A new Level 1 WOW Team class will begin in January of 2014. If you are interested, please contact Heart to Heart at 358-3200.

Five members of The WOW Team reecntly competed at the Fitness Canada Championships. Every member of the team placed and came home with a trophy.

Awards were:

Model Division: First Place - Laura Tarbell; Third Place - Karen Francis; Fifth Place - Mary Terrance

Bikini Short Division: Third Place - Cubby Jackson; Fifth Place - Mary Terrance

Bikini Tall Divison: First Place - Laura Tarbell; Second Place - Chantelle Cooke; Third Place - Karen Francis

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