Hope Spalding has been rewarded for instilling motivation in the community while gyms were closed during Coronavirus lockdown.
She was this week announced as the winner of the Deniliquin Eyecare Maui Jim non-scripted sunglasses giveaway, launched specifically to recognise those who have supported their community through the crisis.
Miss Spalding was nominated for her role in keeping her Motiv8 members accountable to their fitness goals while isolated.
‘‘She did an absolutely outstanding job supporting all her gym members, by posting daily workouts alongside her mum Barb,’’ her nomination read.
‘‘She kept everyone positive, offering lots of encouragement and motivation to keep everyone inspired and keep moving.’’
Deniliquin Eyecare owner Peter Thompson said Miss Spalding’s nomination was one of 13 individual nominations received for the competition.
‘‘We were quite impressed with all the nominations, and want to thank everyone who nominated,’’ Mr Thompson said.
‘‘We had one person — Lourene Liebenberg — nominated multiple times, and a number of other individuals.
‘‘We had such trouble deciding in the end, that we chose to pick a winner out of a hat.’’
Miss Spalding collected her prize on Wednesday — four years to the day since she purchased Motiv8 gym — which made the win more special.
‘‘It is nice to feel appreciated,’’ she said.
‘‘Posting the workouts was not just about keeping my members motivated, it also kept me accountable to stay fit during the lockdown.
‘‘It took me at least half an hour to choose from the Maui Jim range — including sending photos and making video chats to get advice about the style — and I love them already.’’
To view the Maui Jim range of PolarizedPlus2 technology sunglasses, drop in to Deniliquin Eyecare in Wellington Plaza (near the End St roundabout).
Other nominations are as follows:
"Lourene has been so proactive keeping the community educated and informed. Always willing to help going above and beyond in her positive and enthusiastic way."
"She works tirelessly for the disadvantaged people in Deniliquin through St Vincents De Paul. During the lockdown she took hundreds of phone calls for assistance from her home."
"Claire pushed herself far beyond her technological comfort zone to deliver an intensive literacy program via zoom to at risk students with great results."
"Sean delivered free meals to elderly residents during lockdown. Sean recognised some locals were doing it tough so surprised them with free meals."
"Bruce has kept the Deniliquin Uniting Church congregation together electronically and also through photocopying and personally delivering material to members who have no internet access."
"To carry out her responsibilities for U3A, South West Music and Naponda, Helen has 'gone the second mile' in adapting to these COVID times."
"Janine tied thousands of bows with the ribbon that was supplied. She did this over the weekends and at night. She was a shining light throughout this time keeping her business open and blue ribbon always handy. The blue ribbons have kept Deni so positive."