Case studies

Energise@Deloitte

An ambassador’s journey

Refreshed and relaunched in 2016, the Energise@Deloitte programme offers Deloitters a wide range of activities to promote health and wellbeing: sports training, yoga workshops, nutrition and health coaching, and much more. Leading the way are thirty Energise@Deloitte ambassadors. One, Tina Roesems, tells her story.

I would have never discovered my love for cycling without Energise@Deloitte!
Tina Roesems, Manager, Risk Advisory and Energise@Deloitte Ambassador

Tina, a manager within Risk Advisory, had the opportunity to become an ambassador last autumn. “I wanted to inspire people. I’m slightly different from most of the other ambassadors because I’ve had a sporty background: in 2016, I did a 51-kilometre trail run in Switzerland. But I began with a start-to-run programme as well, and see what I achieved. This can be quite motivating.”

In addition to being role models, the Energise@Deloitte ambassadors commit to conquering a specific running or cycling fitness challenge. For runners like Tina, this year it was the Semi Maratona Giro Di Cancano. Throughout months of preparation, the ambassadors received professional training while Deloitte followed their progress.

 

I’m sure I’ll continue cycling, something I never would have done without Energise@Deloitte.
Tina Roesems, Manager, Risk Advisory and Energise@Deloitte Ambassador

 

An unexpected turn

For Tina, however, it wasn’t a smooth path. Suffering from a knee condition, in April she realised she couldn’t take part in her event. “It was really frustrating.” But refusing to give up she asked to join the cyclists. “I was so happy when they agreed.” Tina didn’t find the switch too difficult. “It’s just the technical part I had to get used to. With running, you just put on your shoes and step out the door. Cycling requires more time and organisation.”

On 24 June, Tina joined 30 other ambassadors for the ultimate challenge: cycling up the Passo dello Stelvio. At a gruelling 2,757 meters it’s the second-highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. How did she feel? “I really enjoyed it! It was a great feeling to cross the finish line.”

Tina has discovered a love of cycling. “I’m sure I’ll continue, something I never would have done without Energise@Deloitte.” She encourages colleagues to become ambassadors. “First, it’s a great way to get to know other people in the firm. Second, it helps you get motivated and provides a nice training programme – with coaching, nutrition advice and detailed body scans so you can really see the progress you’re making.”

Tina Roesems
Energise@Deloitte cycling ambassadors

Energise@Deloitte - Cycling ambassadors

13 cycling ambassadors from the Energise@Deloitte programme completed the Passo dello Stelvio challenge.

FY2017 Energise@Deloitte highlights

Energise@Deloitte doesn't stop with the ambassador programee. FY2017 brought many memorable fitness moments to our people:

  • Gateway’s Fitness Centre opened on 6 April. It’s high-tech and fully equipped with cardio and strength machines, as well as an ARKE core-training kit and exercise balls. With a great view on the tarmac, the fitness has experienced great success since opening, with over 680 Deloitte employees signed up as members.
  • The Tour de Namur cycling event saw 229 employees and clients ride through this superb bike region known for its green valleys, historic abbeys and difficult climbs. In the end, we donated 22 bikes to the charity Qhubeka, making an impact that matters.
  • 88 employees tackled the most important cycling race in Flanders, the Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017, which included gruelling circuits between 74 and 237 km.
  • 149 employees joined tens of thousands of runners in the largest running event in Flanders, the Antwerp 10 Miles.
Gateway’s Fitness Centre
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