Drogheda United are delighted to announce that one supporter has stepped forward to represent the club as part of The Biggest Loser competition in association with the John Giles Foundation.
Padraig Johnson, a life long Drogs supporter, will participate on the club’s behalf in the eight-week programme in which entrants undertake an intense training and dietary schedule with the goal of losing weight.
Each participant will raise funds by attaining sponsorship from family and friends with all proceeds being shared between the John Giles Foundation and the winner’s club as well as the winning club receiving €2,000 worth of sports equipment and kit.
“I saw the link on the club’s Facebook page and I thought why not give it a go?’ Padraig admitted on Monday night. “I’d stop training and exercising in general for a month and a half which coincided with Christmas so I knew I had to shed some of the extra pounds. Obviously, the added benefit is that it gives the club a bit of exposure and raises some money for charity.“
Padraig has begun a grueling exercise programme but it has been the change in eating habits that has proved to be the real challenge for the Drogheda man who has served as a volunteer steward on occasion for the club over the last two years.
“I’m about ten days into the programme but I’m finding it very hard to give up the Haribo Jellies! I’ve cut out alcohol and fizzy drinks along with increasing my intake in fruit and veg. I’ve also noticed that it’s the small things that can make a difference like rather than driving to work I now cycle which is a much healthier start to the day along with going for runs at night.”
The winner of The Biggest Loser will be decided by the highest percentage of weight loss attained by each competitor. who were weighed at the start of the competition by an FAI delegate, but Padraig does not have a dream weight target in mind.
“I don’t really have a specific weight that I want to achieve. At the start of the competition, I weighed 196 pounds and I’m six foot so I wanted to do something about it before it became a real problem.”
Having moved to Sligo nine years ago due to work commitments, Padraig doesn’t get to see Drogheda matches as often as he’d like to but he’s now hoping that the United fan base will support him as he undertakes this worthy cause in aid of charity.
“I’ve been relying on my Mum to do a lot of the work in terms of sponsorship and she’s gotten a good few family members to sign up, while I’ve gotten some of my work colleagues to help out in Sligo. My number one aim is to raise money for those who are less fortunate so I’d really appreciate any help along the way.”
The competition will end on March 13th and if you would like to sponsor Padraig, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.