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Double Olympian Toby Garbett powers up Bury St Edmunds staff

Power workers in Bury St Edmunds were given a boost when a former world champion rower paid a visit.

UK Power Networks hosted Toby Garbett at its Barton Road base.

Toby is a double Olympian who competed for Britain’s rowing team at the 2004 Games in Athens and a two-time world champion in the cox and coxless fours in the sport.

Toby Garbett (centre front) with UK Power Networks staff in Bury (22020405)
Toby Garbett (centre front) with UK Power Networks staff in Bury (22020405)

After moving into triathlon, he retired in 2008 to set up a fitness coaching and consultancy business.

UK Power Networks partnered with Toby and the Beyond the Barriers training consultancy to deliver a session as part of its Your Energy programme. The session was aimed at helping staff to maximise their energy levels and remind them of the importance of good health and well-being.

Toby co-designed the training, which takes lessons from elite sport into a work environment. The Bury session focused on energy capacity for staff and advised how exercise and movement could improve energy levels, combat stress and fatigue.

Dawn McDonald, health and wellbeing manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We encourage staff to work together and look to improve their own health and well-being as well as looking out for colleagues.

“It was fantastic to draw on Toby’s experience of top level sport. Massive pressure comes with competing at Olympics and world championships. It’s hugely beneficial for our staff to learn how keeping energy levels high can help not only manage the pressures and improve productivity at work, but also support how they spend their quality time at home."

Toby said: “The session on energy capacity was about building exercise and movement and the different components of fitness into people’s lives at home and at work so they can get the benefit

“The session was really well-received, with everyone giving it a go and being engaged.”

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