Thursday July 21, 2016
Gym makeover more than skin deep By Rosel Labone MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre’s Club Active has had a makeover, and it’s paying off, with more senior citizens on board to get fit. As the gym nears its tenth year, members nearing their 90th are out in force for fitness classes for over 50s, held on a Tuesday and Friday each week in Kilbirnie. They participate in a mix of cardio, aerobics, and strength training. Last year the gym added new machines and relocated to overlook the pool. Club manager Gavin Stoddart said the 50 plus demographic were surpassing the younger demographic to the point where new classes were being added. He said the growing uptake of the classes had disproved any concerns about how older people would react to the changes. “Aqua hydro classes have all overtaken younger classes – some to beyond capacity,” he said. Gym instructor Gillian Christian was one of the original staff that started Club Active in 2007. She felt it was a combination of the social aspect and the rewards of hard work that kept people coming back. “It's a privilege to be among these living wonders,” she said. “They’ve done it all, had fabulous lives, and it’s the opportunity to contribute to their ongoing wellness so every time they come along they can contribute to the club.” “They are vital. It’s necessary for people to see ageing does happen, but it doesn’t have to happen in the way we see it happen. “Not everyone has to be a health statistic or
have a health problem, they can have a health solution. A lot of this is tied up with regular exercise.” The recently-formed Activate social club offered a central point of community for the older members, she said. “We want to build an environment where you can create, relax, and interact with other people. “Our first event went well with a local singer doing a Paul Simon set. The cake, coffee and tea flowed as fast as the conversation.” Gym instructor Loren Martin’s oldest circuit class participant was aged 90. The older participants made her week, she said, and the sense of community meant the classes were about much more than exercise. “Many have friends dying off, it’s too painful for them to get close to one person any longer. Here they can be friends with everyone, but not so close their hearts will be broken when that special person dies.” “There’s so many moments where I’ve felt what I’m doing is so much more meaningful than other jobs I’ve had in the past. “
Loren teaching Hydromotion class for seniors.
Wainuiomata team takes home trophy A well-deserving Wainuiomata women's club rugby team has won the 2016 Wellington Division One championship. Captain Mary Ann Collins led her Wainuiomata
team to victory beating OrientalRongotai (Ories) 24-12 in Saturday’s Victoria Tavern Trophy final on home turf of William Jones Park, Wainuomata.
Sports talk with Jacob Page...
Stale, old Super Rugby Four New Zealand teams in the eight-team Super Rugby playoffs shows how dull the competition has become. The Kiwi franchises are so far ahead of their Australian and South African rivals, that with the exception of the New Zealand derbies, the competition is boring and stale. There were four Trans-Tasman matches last week, all won by Kiwi teams with a points differential of more than 200-60. I long for the days of strong competition, when a trip to face the Brumbies in Canberra was a formidable prospect, when getting a win in South Africa was treasured. It feels like now you can miss all those games and not miss much. There is too much rugby, too many teams who simply can't foot it.
Like most things, more teams equals more money but a watered-down product. The answer - Australia and South Africa need to lift their game and work harder at grass-roots level to keep players. Argentina and Japan need time. The Jaguares have potential to be contenders in a few years, Japan I doubt will ever amount to much. It's important to understand that New Zealand is dominating this competition while playing each other regularly and taking competition points off each other as a result and it comes during a transition in All Blacks rugby. Great players have retired, yet there's been no stopping the New Zealand wave of dominance. Competition creates cash, the sameold, same old creates disinterest.
SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $11,150 IN JUNE 2016 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.
MEMBERS OF THE U14 FUTSAL – TEAM TRAVEL
DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH SAMANTHA BOWMAN - CYCLIST TRAVEL TO PERTH
DEAN GALT(ESST) WITH STUDENTS FROM EVANS BAY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL – SWIMMING TRAVEL TO AIMS GAMES
THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS. • GRACE MELLSOP - WATER POLO TRAVEL AUCKLAND • TOBIAS MAKISI - UN 17 BOYS NZ SOFTBALL TEAM • PONEKE UN 10 RUGBY TEAM TAUPO TRIP • CURTIS MELLSOP - WATER POLO TRAVEL AUCKLAND • ADAM BRADLEY - HANDBALL PLAYER COLD COAST • MIRAMAR RANGERS AFC - NIKE RAIN JACKETS • VOLLEYBALL NZ - MATCH BALL FOR CLUB CHAMPS • BROOKLYN STOWERS - BASKETBALL TRAVEL• HARBOUR CITY WATER POLO - PAN PACIFIC GAMES • PENNY LINTON - SAILING LASER TRAVEL • MIRAMAR GOLF CLUB - 5 JUNIOR BOYS TRAVEL NELSON • ST CATHERINS COLLEGE - NETBALL AND FEES • ELLA WILSON WATERPOLO - TRAVEL AUCKLAND • WGTN HARRIER ATHLETIC CLUB NZ ROAD CHAMPS • SPECIAL OLYMPICS WGTN LANE HIRE AQUATIC CENTRE
THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,360,420
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