|WHEEL MEET AGAIN: The Rendlesham-based Torwood
Wheelers demonstrate the sport of Rhoenrads. It's a high energy sport
that's sadly low on competition.
|AS the eyes of every nation are firmly focused on Germany
for the World Cup, a group of Suffolk pioneers are busy turning. their
hands, heads and feet to a sport with a teutonic twist.
Rhoenrads.s, or wheel aerobics, was first created by a German prisoner
called Otto Feick who was attempting to recreate his childhood memory
of rolling down a hill in a barrel.
By Georqina Roqerson
|for one problem... they have no-one to compete against in
"As we are the only Rhoenrnd club in the UK, competition is pretty difficult," said Colles. "Our nearest competitors would be in The Netherlands, Germany or Norway, but they have been doing it for a lot longer than we have. It is extremely difficult to reach competition standard when we are so isolated, so at the moment we just do it for fun."
However, despite the lack of competition available, the sport does offer several physical benefits.
"Physically the sport benefits every part of the body, all the muscles come into play, as gravity pulls the body in every direction during a roll in the wheel, said Colles. "It is also excellent training for spatial awareness and control, as a performer not only has to control then- own position, but also that of the wheel."
However, it iss not the physical aspect to Rhoenrads that Colles
|sees as main benefit of the sport, but the enjoyment it
"Last weekend, 11 members of our club spent many hours giving demonstrations and helping children and adults to use the wheels at the Green Living Family Day held in Ipswich. As we were packing up on Sunday one of our newest members said, 'I don't want to go to school tomorrow, I want to do another day like this'. The sport is fun, and perhaps that is the biggest benefit of all"
The Torwood Wheelers welcome all those over 16 interested in trying wheel aerobics, and also those who would like to watch. They meet every Friday evening from 7.30pm to 9 pm at Rendlesham Sports Centre, and it costs £3.50 per session.
If you need any further information they also have a website, on which you can access contact details and directions to their location. The website address is; http://www.outabout.co.uk/tor-wood-wheelers/index.html.