Putting their heart and soul into Cardiac Games

Get pumping: Competitors warm up for the Cardiac Games, launched by the Lord Mayor Coun Alan Laws and city ref Uriah Rennie.
Get pumping: Competitors warm up for the Cardiac Games, launched by the Lord Mayor Coun Alan Laws and city ref Uriah Rennie.
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MORE than 150 heart patients got on their marks yesterday to take part in Sheffield’s Cardiac Games.

The event at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe was launched by world squash champion Nick Matthew and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Alan Law.

Get pumping: Competitors warm up for the Cardiac Games, launched by the Lord Mayor Coun Alan Laws and city ref Uriah Rennie.

Get pumping: Competitors warm up for the Cardiac Games, launched by the Lord Mayor Coun Alan Laws and city ref Uriah Rennie.

The competition welcomed competitors from five local heart support groups who took each other on in a variety of low-intensity sports such as badminton, boccia and table tennis.

The event was organised by fitness specialist Dave Birds from Concord Sports Centre in Shiregreen, who runs an exercise referral programme for recovering cardiac patients.

He said: “After a heart attack, the last thing you might feel like doing is working out in a gym. The Cardiac Games are designed to be a gentle but motivating introduction to low intensity exercise with other people in the same situation.”

Participant Elizabeth Curtis, aged 65, from Firth Park, said: “It has been a very enjoyable event. The activities were really good, particularly for older people, and helped to get our joints going.”