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Thursday September 7, 2017

Parkinson’s boxing classes prove a knockout

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Respiratory foundation wants government target There is still a long way to go to improve the overall high rates of respiratory illness throughout New Zealand, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ says. “We currently do not see respiratory disease as a Ministry of Health, DHB or even a PHO stand-alone health target, with dedicated funding against it,” Chief Executive Letitia O’Dwyer said. The foundation advocates the next government implement a target to “reduce emergency visits for acute respiratory illnesses by 20 per cent within the next five years”.

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Neil Maxwell, David Castle (obscured), Warwick Hill and Sue Chesterfield follow the instructions of Counterpunch Parkinson’s Kathy McConville at Wellington Boxing Gym. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Senior citizens got their fists, bodies and minds pumping when a fitness session with a difference was introduced at Kilbirnie’s Wellington Boxing Gym last Thursday. Counterpunch Parkinson’s, a nationwide organisation dedicated to providing exercise classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease, now has a presence in Wellington thanks to the efforts of coach Kathy McConville in securing an agreement with gym owner Asher Derbyshire to use the facility at low cost. “Counterpunch is the first accredited boxing class for people with Parkinson’s Disease,” Kathy said. The programme was founded by Lisa Gombinsky Roach, who was inspired after researching the benefits of specialised exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease but realising it hadn’t been implemented in New Zealand. Several clubs were subsequently established in Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury but not Wellington – until now.

“I have been working with a number of older-adults groups in the community for many years and am excited to be able to offer the first Counterpunch in Kilbirnie,” Kathy said. The boxing sessions are led by certified coaches who have been trained by heavyweight legend Shane Cameron, as well as educated in Parkinson’s by specialists and top movement experts. “They learn about goals and benefits of exercise for people in this special population, and how to modify boxing-based exercise programmes to develop programmes that are therapeutic, challenging, and fun,” Kathy said. The classes promote purposeful movements, improve posture and walking and build strength and confidence.  Counterpunch boxing sessions are held every Thursday at 2pm and are $10 (first session free). To book email k.mcconville@ clear.net.nz or call 021 256 1005.

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