Three Heroes Of Southgate

On 31st August, registered Leisure Charity Fusion Lifestyle, will be inviting customers of Southgate Leisure Centre at 1pm to come and celebrate a key milestone as the centre´s three longest standing team members mark a total of 85 dedicated years of service. Liz Hawksford from Southgate, Jane Norman from Winchmore Hill and Martin Nagle from Enfield have all worked as lifeguards and in several other positions within the company and will be acknowledged for their dedicated service with a cake and presentation.

Jane, the longest serving employee, started as a lifeguard at the age of 16 in 1983 and in August will have been working with the business for 33 years. Liz also started at the age of 16 in 1988 and will celebrate working for the centre for 30 years in the same month. Martin started in 1994 and has worked there for 22 years.

Jane comments, "Who knew 33 years ago when I started as a lifeguard I´d be celebrating this momentous occasion with the company. I´ve loved working at the centre, I've done everything from being a life guard, to working on reception and I can honestly say that the staff, and the public who are now my friends, keep me coming back everyday. I was even lucky enough to have met my husband here when I was 21 whilst on lifeguard duty. I can´t imagine ever working anywhere else, and I´m looking forward to my future with Fusion."

Liz comments, "It is the people that I come into contact with working at the centre that make it so special. I owe so much to Fusion especially as I met Jane here 30 years ago who is now my life long best friend."

Martin added, "I can honestly say that the last 22 years of working at Southgate Leisure Centre has been like working with my family. Life has its ups and its downs but with the staff by my side, who are now my closest friends, they have helped me through the good and the bad times and I can´t ever imagine working anywhere else.

Fusion Lifestyle took over the management of Southgate Leisure Centre in 2012 and since then has undergone a 5.5 million investment with the recent introduction of INTENCITY a brand new, bespoke fitness zone that offers specialist high intensity group classes.

Mohamed Farah, General Manager comments, "Southgate is a real jewel in our crown. It has such a special place in the community and everyone from the staff to the customers all play a key part in making this a unique centre. Our staff and our customers are friends and this is really important to us. Our staff are the lifeblood of the Fusion business and we are so honoured to have staff like Jane, Liz and Martin representing us and being such loyal, committed and hard working members of our team."