The University of Birmingham’s latest addition to its Sports and Fitness building is the brand new gym that was officially opened last month, sporting over 200 pieces of equipment including ones that people with physical impairments can use to work out safely.
The gym was named after Chrissie Wellington OBE. Chrissie is a British triathlete, four time Ironman world champion and also a former University of Birmingham student so it was fitting that she gained the public vote to have the building named after her.
On opening the gym Chrissie said “My dad told me on my first day at the University of Birmingham to make a mark for all the right reasons. To know I have left a mark like this gym is very important to me. For me it is less about winning medals, it’s more about inspiring people to achieve more and live healthy active lives. This gym will help the University do that and I am proud to formally open it”.
The gym itself has state of the art equipment whilst the Sports and Fitness building its housed in has Birminghams first 50m swimming pool, multi sports arena, 6 glass backed squash courts, a 10m climbing wall and 5 activity studios.
Picture: Chrissie Wellington (left) and Zena Wooldridge, Director of Sport at the University, celebrate the opening of the gym