Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 8 - Page 20

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind at Bray Youthreach

As Operation Transformation 2016 (OT 2016) gripped the country and encouraged everyone to get healthy, the staff and students in Bray Youthreach decided to embrace the idea of healthy body, healthy mind. Under the guidance of their Health Related Fitness teacher, Leann Mahon, a group of students put in a huge effort to learn the Operation Transformation dance.

The dance was part of a joint initiative between OT 2016 and the Physical Education Association of Ireland to reverse the negative trend of inactivity amongst teenage girls in particular.

Schools and centres taking part in the initiative were invited to upload videos of themselves rehearsing and some of these were then featured on the show.

Leann and her students Chelsea Kane, Suzie Kelly, Stephanie Gaynor, Lauren Smyth, Sophie Davis, Chelsea Wakefield, Cheyenne Crinion, Sarah Gregory and Kirsty Moloney made their star appearance on the show on RTE on February 3rd and looked fantastic. They continued rehearsals, working very hard and having a great time doing it to prepare for the finale where 2000+ teenage girls performed the routine en masse with the Operation Transformation Experts, Leaders and Role Models also taking part.

Pictured at dance class are (left to right): Stephanie Gaynor, Danielle Browne, Kirsty Moloney, teacher Leann Mahon, Sarah Gregory, Cheyenne Crinion and Suzie Kelly.