Building a culture of fitness through Botanic to Bridge

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Gladstone State High School is nurturing a culture of health and fitness amongst its students with the help of funding from Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Botanic to Bridge ‘FunD Run’.

Through funds donated back to the school from student and school community registrations, State High raised the highest amount of funds of all local schools at this year’s Botanic to Bridge for the second year in a row.

Year 12 Co-ordinator, Tristan Nietfeld said funds raised from the event were used to purchase new fitness equipment for the school.

“We have purchased new equipment including a rowing machine and a set of kettlebells.

“As a school we like to support local businesses, and we were fortunate that Sports Power in the Nightowl Centre were able to do a great deal on the equipment for us.

“The equipment will not only be used by our HPE classes but also for our Cert III in Fitness, which we will start to deliver in 2016 as a senior subject.

“This qualification will enable students to become gym/fitness instructors or group exercise instructors.

“Students will then also have the option to undertake further study to gain their Cert IV in Fitness to become personal trainers,” Mr Nietfeld said.

The school’s Year 10 junior house captains will take an active role in cultivating this culture of health and fitness by encouraging their fellow students and the wider school community to participate in the annual fun run.

Year 10 student and Kougari house captain, Kaylee Dennien said she believes it is important to live a healthy and active lifestyle for general well-being and also to prevent illness.

“It is also critical that we learn how to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, not only for our own health, but so that we can pass this knowledge on to the next generation as well.

“With so much technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to get caught up on social media and spend a lot of time on phones, iPads and computers, so it is more important than ever to make a real effort to get outside and be active,” Kaylee said.

Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Botanic to Bridge ‘FunD Run’ is held every year on the third Sunday in August.

Beneficiary applications and event registrations will open from May 2016.

Above: Gladstone State High School students (L-R) Monique Morgan, Denzi Petry, Jack Crombie and Frances Medley test out some of the school’s new fitness equipment.



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Gladstone Ports Corporation is the major sponsor of the 2014 Botanic to Bridge