Inspirational dad wins active honour

Paul Blackmore, Heather Easton, Tony Damleo and Gemma Bell.
Paul Blackmore, Heather Easton, Tony Damleo and Gemma Bell.

A Hucknall dad who gave up his job to bring up his three children after their mother’s death has been named as the town’s most inspirational man.

Tony Domleo, 64, was chosen as the winner of Hucknall Leisure Centre’s Everyone Active competition which celebrates inspiring men across the UK getting active and achieving their goals.

Paul Blakemore, general manager, said: “This competition was about celebrating men who have motivated and encouraged others to be active. Tony is a fantastic example of that, and he’s an inspiration to everyone in his local community.”

In October 2014, Tony’s wife, Gillian, suddenly passed away, leaving behind Tony and their three children, Jack (15), Ashlei (9) and Kaira (8). After working as a shop fitting manager, Tony gave up his job to become a full time Dad, ensuring his children continued to live a normal life and stayed active through their ice skating, gymnastics, karate and dance classes.

He even went as far as secretly learning to skate to surprise his youngest daughter. Tony is now training for a 50 mile sponsored bike road from Holme Pierrepoint Country Park in Nottingham to Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire to help raise funds for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance services. He has so far raised over £200, with donations still flooding in.

Tony was nominated for the campaign by his late wife’s friends Heather Easton and Gemma Bell, who both praised him for his strength and determination during a difficult time. Tony was given three months of free membership and will now be entered into a national draw, for a chance to win two activity days.