Focusing on fitness in the community
Hiscoes Gym and Fitness Centre on Crown Street is a Surry Hills institution, having operated for the last 39 years. The centre was founded by Windsor Hiscoe and squash icon Ken Hiscoe.
Hiscoes began its life as a squash centre, and since then it has developed into a comprehensive gym and fitness centre. A wide range of services are offered, including individual training, small group training and nutrition assistance. Squash is still an integral part of the centre’s operations, which was particularly evident on the weekend of July 20-21 at the Hiscoes Open, which attracted over 70 players from all over Sydney.
From day one, Susan Kingsmill has enjoyed running the centre, and in more recent times other family members have come on board to work there. “We are a proud, family-run business,” Susan stated. “Mum and Ken worked hard to establish it. It has been wonderful to watch the business grow over the years. We are very community-based, with many members still being with us since the early days.”
Soccer World Cup
Congratulations to the Matildas for their determined play at last month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. After progressing to the round of 16, they were knocked out of the championships by Norway. After full time, a penalty shootout was required due to the 1-1 draw. The Norwegian team won the shootout 4-1. The USA defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in a stirring final. FIFA is hopeful of expanding from 24 participating national teams to 32 by the 2023 World Cup.
Fun run fever
Competitors are warming up their running shoes for this year’s annual Sun Herald City2Surf fun run on Sunday, August 11. Upwards of 80,000 entrants are expected to line up on the day for the 14-kilometre event. As always there will be many people sporting colourful costumes to represent a wide variety of themes. Best of luck to all local community members who are participating. May it be dry underfoot on the day!
Overcoming hurdles on the way
After suffering another injury-forced layoff, champion hurdler Sally Pearson expects to return to the track late this month, in time to compete at the World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 28 to October 6. Pearson hopes to add to her impressive tally of 100-metre hurdles victories throughout her career, which include winning the 2011 and 2017 World Championships and winning the 2012 Olympic final.