Rukhsana Malik (33) was so impressed by her mum’s increased fitness and zest for life after she took up swimming at the age of 64 that she decided to set up a session to encourage other members of the community to do the same.
Rukhsana’s mum, Mumtaz Malik, who lives in Handsworth, had never been swimming before she enrolled at classes at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. And the 66 year old is now so enthusiastic that she’s inspired her daughter.
Said Rukhsana: “There can be a real sense of apprehension for Asian women about swimming because there’s an element of revealing the body involved. But that doesn’t need to be the case – if my mum can do it then so can anyone!
“Hopefully by creating a session where everyone is in the same situation and is likely to be wearing leggings with their swimming costume, it will ease the nerves about participating in such an activity and people won’t have to worry about their modesty.
“The difference in my mum since she started swimming has been tremendous. It’s improved her mental attitude in addition to her health and fitness. The social side is also important, especially to people of my mum’s generation.”
The special aqua aerobics class, which will be set to Bollywood music and is open to women aged between 50 and 75 years old, is being held at Ponds Forge on August 31 from 9.45am to 10.45am, before the leisure pool is open to the public to ensure privacy. Women from all cultures and backgrounds are able to attend the session which costs £1.
Ponds Forge is part of Sheffield International Venues Ltd, one of the largest sport, entertainment and leisure groups in the North of England.
For further information please contact Ponds Forge on 0114 2233 400 or visit www.ponds-forge.co.uk