A fun and active summer came to an exciting conclusion last weekend for the members of Rushe Fitness gym in Letterkenny.

The fitness community has been challenging themselves to achieve new goals all summer as part of the Summer Shape Up contest. Now in its second year, the challenge is a hit as gym members strive to win top prizes and dream holiday vouchers.

Local man Emmet McNamee was announced as the Champion at the end of summer celebration in Century Complex, Letterkenny. He was presented with the grand prize of €1000 holiday from Emmet Rushe, owner of Rushe Fitness.

Maria Rushe, Emmet McNamee and Emmet Rushe. Photo Joanne Gallinagh Photography

Emmet was awarded the grand prize based on his positive and subtle approach to the challenge.

A busy husband and father, Emmet has had a busy summer renovating his home, and yet he still made time for the gym, the challenges and creating some incredible video footage of his summer fitness journey.

Emmet was so shocked when his name was called out, and had already started to applaud the winner before realising it was him!

Emmet McNamee wins Summer Shape Up 2018. Photo Joanne Gallinagh Photography

Second Prize of a €500 holiday voucher was sponsored by the challenge partners, Atlantic Travel and was presented to the very deserving Pete Rose.

Pete’s constant drive and motivation of others in the community was applauded and appreciated by all members.

Pete Rose and Emmet Rushe. Photo Joanne Gallinagh Photography

Emmet presented a special prize for the person who has used the challenge to create the biggest change in their lifestyle. Donna Ponsonby received a €250 holiday voucher from Rushe Fitness. He also other presented prizes from Rushe Fitness to Bronwyn Walsh, Margaret Black. Martina McGroarty, Mark Ponsonby, Edel Mc Elhinney and Deborah Clawson.

Other prizes were sponsored by Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure, The Shandon Hotel and Spa, Noel O’ Donnell Chartered Accountants, Kelly’s American Roadside Diner and Century Complex and these were awarded to members for their enthusiasm, kindness and personal achievements, as well as for encouraging and motivating others. The recipients of these prizes were Bryan Margey, Vicki Raine, Charlene Haughey, Marina Heron and Lorraine Gibson.

Speaking to Donegal Woman, Emmet Rushe said “I wish I could have given everyone a prize. Every single one of them is a winner. Whether they’ve just begun on their fitness journey, or have been in our fitness family for the past 4 years, we appreciate every one of them and are proud of them all. They’re an incredible bunch of people and this challenge has reminded me of just how special the Rushe Fitness Community is.”

Century Complex showcased their new function room in style last night, where AnneMarie and her team had pulled out all the stops for the event.

“As always, Mark and his staff make us feel as if we’re at home here. The staff are so helpful, the food was great and it’s been the perfect venue for our party” said Emmet.

Emmet also thanked Emma at Atlantic Travel for being partners in this year’s challenge. He thanked his team and all of the supporters and sponsors of prizes. Photographs were taken by Joanne Gallinagh Photography and the event was streamed live on the Rushe Fitness Page where it was viewed by almost 2000 on the night.

Emmet and his members are looking forward to beginning the next phase of their fitness journey which begins on September 17th. If you would like to join the Rushe Fitness Community, contact Emmet at www.rushefitness.ie