World champion Ricky wants you to ‘Go for Gold’ this year

Ricky Burns (left), with fellow Mossend-based Fighting Scots Gym boxer David Brophy at the launch of the Gold for Gold 2014 campaign in Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
Ricky Burns (left), with fellow Mossend-based Fighting Scots Gym boxer David Brophy at the launch of the Gold for Gold 2014 campaign in Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
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Ricky Burns has resolved to get ‘fighting fit’ for his next world title fight and is encouraging everyone to follow in his footsteps.

Burns defends the WBO lightweight strap against Terence Crawford in March and was at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility to help launch North Lanarkshire Leisure’s ‘Go for Gold in 2014’ campaign.

He said: “I’m in training for my next big fight later in the year and encouraging people across North Lanarkshire to do the same.

“It’s about finding something you enjoy doing and having a target.”

With Burns defending his title and Andy Murray hoping to stay Wimbledon champion, coupled with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, 2014 will be a bumper year for sport in Scotland.

NLL’s chief executive Blane Dodds said: “We’re working with colleagues at NHS Lanarkshire to support the ‘Get Lanarkshire Active‘ initiative and hoping to tap in to the enthusiasm for these major events, through encouraging people to make health and fitness pledges.

“We will have pledge boxes and pledge walls in all of our sites where people can commit to an activity or exercise of their choice and will have prize draws for entries.

“With hundreds of activities taking place in North Lanarkshire you’re sure to find something to inspire you.”

The scheme is available at 13 facilities across North Lanarkshire and those who achieve their pledge will be eligible to be put forward for a ‘free prize draw’ to win a variety of tickets for the Commonwealth Games and related sports events or improving health and wellbeing opportunities.

For further details on fitness opportunities in your area call 01236 442 644 or go to www.nlleisure.co.uk.