One of Britain’s most celebrated Olympians will be coming back to where it all began later this month when he visits Hemel Hempstead.
Double Olympic champion, Max Whitlock MBE, will be at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre on Saturday September 22 to celebrate the completion of a £1.3million refurbishment project.
Families are invited to come and meet the gymnastics star, as well as enjoy a host of free activities at the centre, including gym sessions, exercise classes, bouncy castle and a family swimming session at 2pm.
A free mass-participation Body Attack class will also take place in the sports hall at 2pm.
Whitlock, who was born in Hemel Hempstead, has won medals at every level of competition throughout his career and at Rio 2018 he became Great Britain’s first gymnastics Olympic champion.
He will cut the ribbon to open the centre at 10am before meeting with guests and showcasing his world-leading skills.
Local basketball team, and 2017 English National Cup winners, Hemel Storm, will also be on hand to show their skills before taking on Thames Valley Cavaliers during a home game in the evening.
Everyone Active took on the management of Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre on behalf of Dacorum Borough Council in April.
Since then, it has undertaken a large project to renovate the studios, changing rooms and gym, installing the latest fitness equipment.
The group cycling studio has also been extended and refurbished as part of the works.
The open day will be the community’s first opportunity to see the fully reopened facilities.