Mo’s award for work in Pilates

Mo’s award for work in Pilates

The founderof the Isle of Man Pilates Studio has been honoured for her ‘Services to Pilates’.

Mo Sherring received the award at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) 2019 conference, while her protege, 18-year-old Annalee Gibson, was commended as the youngest APPI qualified Pilates instructor in the world.

APPI is said to be a quality standard for Pilates and is a world leading provider of physiotherapy and Pilates treatment, education and products.

It’s programme of rehabilitation-based Pilates is delivered in 22 countries.

Mo said: “The APPI is a sign of excellence and I am proud to be a partner of this award-winning institute”.

‘I was taken aback when they called my name at the conference, but I am truly honoured to be recognised in this way.

‘I am very proud of Annalee too, she’s a credit to herself and the Isle of Man Pilates Studio.’

Annalee first began Pilates lessons with Mo at the age of 13 to progress her dancing career, with the intention to strengthen her core and work on her technique.

Four years later she became APPI qualified.

Annalee said: ‘It’s an honour to be the youngest APPI qualified Pilates instructor in the world and to be commended for this is an incredible feeling.

‘It was a very challenging course which tested both my physical and mental strength, but I am very proud of what I have achieved.

‘I love the discipline of Pilates and teaching others to love it as I do has been even more fulfilling than I imagined.

‘I’ll be forever grateful to Mo as without her patience, skill and confidence in me over the past five years, there is no way I would be where I am now.

Pink Pilates session raises £200 for Manx Breast Cancer Support charity

Pink Pilates session raises £200 for Manx Breast Cancer Support charity

More than 30 people looked pretty in pink at a fun Pilates fundraiser in aid of Manx Breast Cancer Support.

The session was held at the Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino, in Douglas, with local bobby’s Sergeant Mike Taylor and Constable Paddy Moore making a special appearance in their pink constable helmets.

Mo Sherring, from Pilates Studio Isle of Man in Onchan, ran the session with Annalee Gibson who is the youngest qualified Pilates teacher in the world.

‘It was amazing,’ she said, ‘We raised around £200, Two policemen came with their pink helmets – it was a complete surprise’.

Tickets to take part in the event cost £4 each, Cakes and bake trays were also brought in by several participants to further donations towards the Manx charity, which works towards improving patient care and breast cancer services in the island.

Manx Breast Cancer Support was set up in 2012 with its members organising fundraisers to help build a dedicated breast screening unit at Noble’s Hospital. Four years later and the charity opened the unit, which provides facilities, so patients do not have to travel across to the UK.

This year the charities aim is to fund an additional quiet room for patients, as well as funding towards a gamma probe, a referral card for over-70’s and patent transfer leaflets.

Mo said: ‘We would like to thank everybody who attended.

The Pilates enthusiast has been an instructor for nearly 25 years.

She added: ‘Annalee, who is my protégé, qualified with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) when she was 17 and is the youngest qualified teacher in the world. So its like the youngest, and the oldest teachers working together.’