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Dave Penkethman Dave Penkethman was born in Ordsall, Salford, in 1959. He first came to the YMCA in 1976, and went on to take a keen interest in rugby, judo and wrestling. He took part in national and international championships, and has recently been interviewing some of his old training pals including… Sean Connor Sean...

Danny McGregor – 1935 to 2019

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Danny McGregor was given a 16th birthday present off his father that he will never forgot; his YM membership. He often stated that this was the best thing that could have happened to him. Danny was an accomplished footballer in his youth and played for many of the football clubs in the North West. Later...

Sylvia Hood – 1946 to 2019

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Sylvia Hood joined the Manchester YMCA in the early 1970’s just at the time when women were first allowed full membership. Sylvia has fond memories of the club and the friendships she has made over the years. In 1987 Sylvia and her friend and fellow member, Brenda Bradshaw, became the first women members to sit...

Joan Haworth

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Back in the 1940’s Joan Haworth performed on a number of occasions at the Manchester Hippodrome and the London Palladium. Then known as Joan Janssen (and sometimes referred to as ‘elegant elasticity’) she was a dancer, contortionist and circus performer who trained her body to get into some incredible positions. Joan went on to work...

Josie Cichockyj -1964 to 2014

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Josie coached the Mavericks wheelchair basketball club based at the Manchester YMCA. The club played in a national competitive league which includes teams in the U15′s, U19′s, women’s and mixed senior team. Josie helped coach dozen’s of athletes over the years and has trained up at least 15 people who have gone on to become...