Move Like A Pro sees Wasps fan crowned BreakThru Achiever of the Year
Michael Corney credited Move Like A Pro for completely changing his life after being named BreakThru Achiever of the Year at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards.
The 40-year-old lorry driver was presented with the award, supported by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rugby Union and which recognises someone who has excelled in any education, health or social inclusion programme, at the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon.
Bath Rugby’s Tom Clifford and John Mew of Newcastle Falcons were also shortlisted, but Michael edged them out thanks to his efforts on Premiership Rugby’s Move Like A Pro programme.
He signed up for the 12-week programme at the Wasps Fan Village in January as a way for him improve his health and fitness after being unable to help out with his son’s rugby training.
Michael lost a remarkable 13.7kg, as well as losing almost 30cm from his waist line, through Move Like A Pro and he said his lifestyle has since changed for the better as a result.
“I’m quite overwhelmed to win the BreakThru Achiever award,” he said. “Move Like A Pro has been really important for me, it’s completely changed my life.
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“I’m a lorry driver, so you get tired and don’t really do much fitness. The most I would do is take the dog out for a walk for five minutes and come back in and that would be me done.
“Since doing Move Like A Pro, I’ve met more people and got a better social life, going out more, and it has really improved my fitness and my physical health.”
Having worked hard on improving his fitness, Michael is now coaching his son’s under-6s side at their local club, Kettering RFC, something he never imagined doing before the programme.
“When I first started getting into it, I wanted to start coaching my son in our local team in Kettering as I used to go as a parent and stand on the touchline watching,” he added.
“I always wanted to help out, but my fitness made it difficult to keep up. I eventually got involved and for the last year I’ve been coaching under-six children, which has been really good.
“I’ve enjoyed it so much and it’s really got me back into rugby. We also go to games at Wasps every week now, which is also a great opportunity to meet up with other people from Move Like A Pro.
“The programme has got me back into playing rugby as I only really played it at school and college. I never played outside of that, but it’s got me back in and I’m looking at playing more now.”
Michael was presented with his award by Wasps flyer Marcus Watson, who was incredibly impressed with the way he had transformed his fitness in such a short space of time.
“He has done fantastic and his story is really inspiring,” said Watson. “It’s great to see him recognised and these programmes are so important for growing rugby.”
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