Celebrating 10 years in fitness

Locally owned Carmel Total Fitness is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a rededication ceremony June 21. Scott Visser opened the fitness center a decade ago at 820 City Center Dr., where the club continues to operate inside the 20,000-square-foot facility. While much as changed in the fitness world since 2006, Carmel Fitness’ goal remains the same: Help people meet their fitness goals, support the community and maintain a hometown gym culture.

Carmel Fitness offers free weights, state-of-the-art resistance equipment, a large cardio equipment area with TV, group fitness classes, full-court basketball and racquetball courts, a spin bike studio and certified personal trainers.

It also offers services to out-of-town guests, extended business travelers and travel sports teams.

That personal service and club amenities has helped it continue to grow despite competition from big-box chains and the ever-changing fitness market.

Visser and team managers Sean Eastes and Lucy Crane will welcome guests, including Mayor Jim Brainard, OneZone and other city and community leaders. A small celebration also is being planned for members and special guests.

Research project to help HCSA step up its game

Hamilton County Sports Authority is working with Huddle Up Group, sports marketing consultants out of Phoenix, to develop a five-year enrichment plan for expanded sports tourism and marketing in Hamilton County.

Huddle Up started this spring researching and gaining insights about Hamilton County. The project included a complete audit of county facilities and sports tourism marketing efforts. The group visited the county in April and met with key stakeholders, in addition to touring facilities.

From information gleaned during tours, interviews and data on visitors and hotel stays, and other information, Huddle Up will develop a plan that includes identifying new collaboration opportunities, define funding sources and determine resources that will be needed to achieve five-year plan goals.

The group will present its plan later this summer to the Sports Authority, Hamilton County Tourism, elected officials, hospitality industry leaders and community leaders.

“In defining our plans for the next five years, it’s important we gather input from our stakeholders as well as community leaders,” said William Knox, director of Hamilton County Sports Authority. “We know we have a premiere destination for sports, this is going to allow us to take it to the next level.”

National tournaments choosing Hamilton County

National Governing Bodies are bringing soccer, lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee tournaments to Grand Park this year. These high-caliber tournaments with world-class athletes are helping increase the county’s reputation as a premiere destination for sports.

USA Youth Soccer will bring its Region II President’s Cup to Grand Park June 16-19, where 80 teams are expected to compete. The Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships is expected to bring more than 200 teams June 24-29.

The country’s top 13- to 15-year-old lacrosse players will be here July 19-24 for the National Championships where more than 50 teams will compete. And on Aug. 13 and 14, more than 40 teams will compete in the USA Ultimate Frisbee Select Flight at the Westfield complex.

“Once these national teams see our facilities and what we are capable of, we hope to bring even more of these high-caliber events to Hamilton County,” Knox said.

Hamilton County Sports Authority also has a bid out for USA archery, which would bring the first archery tournament to Grand Park in 2017.

Lacrosse tournament looking for workers

NXT Sports needs field coordinators, clock operators, field and venue operations and runners to assist during The Grail tournament, July 9-10 at Grand Park in Westfield. Workers will receive $100 a day for the tournament, which is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more information, or contact Lorraine Childs by email Lorraine.childs@nxtsports.com or 610.632.4080.