Nordic walker is in pole position

Dave Scott with Rachael Pringle
Dave Scott with Rachael Pringle

A SPRIGHTLY pensioner has picked up an award which will allow him to teach a fitness craze to others.

Hartlepool man Dave Scott is the first person in the town to gain a new teaching qualification in Nordic walking, a Scandinavian fitness revolution which is sweeping the globe.

The 71-year-old, who is a member of Hartlepool Council’s Sport and Recreation Volunteer Scheme, has just qualified as a teacher of the fitness technique using walking poles which can burn off up to 47 per cent more calories than normal walking.

Dave has already been involved in organising 18 Nordic walking courses over the past year and a half in partnership with Rachael Pringle, the council’s sport and physical activity officer.

After scooping his award from Nordic Walking UK – the organisation which promotes Nordic walking nationally – Dave can now lead and teach courses on his own and will be responsible for delivering all the council’s future Nordic walking events.

To qualify for the award Dave studied for four months before sitting a rigorous two-day assessment course in York.

He said: “It’s a great feeling knowing that I now have all the skills to teach Nordic walking. It’s a marvellous fitness technique and people start to feel the benefits of it after just a few weeks.

“I love working with the council’s sport and physical activity team and I have received 110 per cent support from Rachael. My only regret is that I didn’t volunteer to work with them years ago!”

Rachael, who put Dave forward for the course, said: “Dave has put in a lot of hard work to gain this new qualification and I am very proud of him. He’s a great member of the team and his enthusiasm for Nordic walking really rubs off on to the people he meets.”

The sport and physical activity team has organised several more courses to introduce people to Nordic walking in September. For more information or to book, call (01429) 284050 or e-mail sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk.