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Cllr Luthfur Rahman and the Lord Mayor make a splash at Debdale Outdoor Centre

On Saturday (8 April) the Lord Mayor of Manchester won a ‘Canoe Challenge’ after beating Cllr Luthfur Rahman in the latest sporting encounter between the duo.

The challenge - at Debdale Outdoor Centre - saw the pair receive on-the-water instruction from centre’s qualified staff before being let loose for their head-to-head canoe race.

After the race a good-natured jape saw the competitors capsize each other’s canoes as the pair cooled down in the water following their efforts.

This friendly rivalry continues a series of head-to-head encounters between the duo, who agreed to face off in a number of sporting events including, basketball, taekwondo, squash and cycling over the coming weeks, as part of the city's drive to encourage more residents to enjoy getting active.

The new website MCRactive.com provides Manchester people with inspiration and opportunities to improve their health and well-being, look for social activities, join local clubs, or become a volunteer.

From complete beginner to expert, as an individual or as part of a team, with friends or family, first-time, or not tried for a long time, to spectate or participate - whatever their level or motivation, residents can search for activities happening close to home - by day, location or by chosen activity.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “MCRactive.com puts Manchester residents in touch with all the sports, activities and events opportunities happening near them. With a simple, user-friendly interface and comprehensive coverage, this is the best way to get up and running for everybody who wants to get active in 2017.

“Manchester is a truly great sporting city, with a fantastic network of local leisure centres and world-class national sporting centres - all of which are accessible to everyone in the community. So whether you want to meet your fitness goals, make new friends, give your children the chance to try something new, or re-awaken your passion for sport - now is the time to visit MCRactive.com.”

The Canoe challenge was held at Debdale Outdoor Centre - a modern purpose-built outdoor centre - which offers a wide range of activities include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, powerboating, indoor climbing, orienteering and team-building activities.

The centre’s fully qualified and experienced staff teach courses for people of all ages and educational abilities, individuals and groups, from beginner to advanced level. Each course is structured to promote learning in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan said: “Our series of sporting challenges not only highlight the fantastic sporting facilities available for Manchester’s residents to enjoy but also go to show that everyone can engage in sport and improve their fitness. It doesn’t matter what level you are - from beginner to expert - if you get involved in sport you can improve your health while having fun.”

MCRactive can also be found on social media - www.twitter.com/MCRactive  /www.facebook.com/MCRactive / www.instagram.com/mcractive

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