The 11th edition of the UAE’s largest walkathon, WALK 2017, saw thousands of UAE citizens and residents walk along Abu Dhabi’s iconic Yas Marina Circuit today to raise awareness of diabetes.
A delegation from Abu Dhabi Police led the way ahead of senior officials and members from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council from the UAE, the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police, Department of Community Development, Department of Education and Knowledge, Department of Economic Development–Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Organised by Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) with the support of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and sister companies Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Healthpoint, the annual walkathon was part of ICLDC’s award-winning campaign ‘Diabetes.Knowledge.Action‘.
The world’s fittest woman is not a triathlete, cyclist or runner. She is not a professional footballer either. She is Tia Toomey, a Reebok sponsored CrossFit athlete from Australia.
The 24-year-old Brisbane native was crowned the Fittest Woman on Earth at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Wisconsin back in August after a gruelling four days of competition.
Toomey, a weightlifter who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, was put through a series of events including standard aerobic, weightlifting and gymnastics movements to become the overall victor.
The CrossFit games is an annual event held to determine the fittest man and woman on earth. Athletes have to qualify through regional events and face exercises from hill sprints to sandbag carries to open water swims and endurance events. The athlete with the most points after the four-day competition is deemed the winner.
What is remarkable about Toomey’s story is that she only took up CrossFit seven years ago after practicing the sport to help increase her power and strength for the 400 metre hurdles.
With the aim of expanding knowledge of calisthenics and the growth of discipline within the region, Battle of the Bars (BOTB) announced on Wednesday the return of its 4th installment at Gravity Calisthenics Gym, Al Quoz in Dubai.
The event will take place on November 17 and 18 at La Mer, Jumeirah 1.
Battle of the Bars, created by the World Calisthenics Organisation, is the world’s first calisthenics competition based on individual battles. Competitors go head-to-head, where they are judged based on strength, endurance, agility, creativity and technique.
Battles are held in different countries throughout the world. Winners of these different battles qualify and get a chance to compete in the main battle that takes place every year in Los Angeles.
The format consists of a 16-man competition where contestants go head-to-head in three-minute battles, with an elimination scheme.
“The message we are communicating is the foundation of calisthenics as well as its influence on individuals, competition and contribution to the fitness landscape in the region,” explains Yousuf Al Gurg, a key figure behind BOTB and co-founder of Gravity Calisthenics Gym.
“The introduction of calisthenics to the region will help bring regulation and progression to the platform.”
Targeting UAE and GCC youth aged 15 – 30, the event will showcase a range of calisthenic-trained athletes and their skills, highlighting the importance of the discipline.