Kyle Gordon looks remarkably different than he did a year ago.
Sitting at a picnic table in a public park in Kingston on July 8, the owner of the Battersea Creekside Bar & Grill smiles when asked about his appearance.
“I’ve lost 14 pounds,” he said.
With his 40th birthday right around the corner, Kyle decided last October to make his health a priority.
“It was time for a life change,” acknowledges the friendly father of three about his state-of-mind nine months ago.
Determined to live a healthier life, Kyle started training last May for the Sydenham Try a Tri on July 9.
Enjoying the sunshine at a charity fundraiser the day before his triathlon, the Battersea man had all of the signs of an athlete nervous about their first competitive race.
“I just hope I can finish it,” he admits with a laugh.
Holding the leash of his dog as he watched his children mingle with the crowd, Kyle’s concern for his health extends beyond himself and his family. Since arriving in Battersea, he has made the community closer and stronger by organizing & supporting fundraisers for residents and social projects.
His latest project is to revitalize a playground beside the local ball diamond.
“I love doing events,” he says with enthusiasm about his role on a committee that is on the cusp of meeting its goal of $38,000 to replace outdated equipment in the park.
“It’s amazing,” says Kyle about the group’s progress over the past year. “We are less than $2,000 shy of reaching our goal and almost one year ahead of schedule.”
To help them reach their target, committee members are hosting a charity golf tournament on Aug. 25 at Inverary Golf Course. The tournament costs $90 to enter and includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, sleeve of golf balls and a prize valued at $20 or more. Each participant will also receive a tax receipt for $40.
The committee hopes to raise at least $4,500 at the event which will be used to improve the park.
Knowing a successful event will put the committee over its goal, Kyle knows what to do with any extra money.
“We want to add some trees and do some landscaping,” he explains about the purchased material that will accompany donated labour and equipment by Gilbert & Son Landscaping.
Happy to be so close to achieving the campaign goal, Kyle is clearly not content to rest on his laurels. Another fitness challenge in most likely in his future, as is another project to improve his community. His ambition and energy have their own momentum, sweeping down the village main street like a breath of fresh air.
“I also want to put in a splash pad as well,” he said.