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Goldfields Oasis’ exercise program for Kalgoorlie miners wins Fitness Australia Award

Goldfields Oasis’ exercise program for Kalgoorlie miners wins Fitness Australia Award
September 20, 2017

The Goldfields Oasis recreation centre’s Pledge to Park Run, an exercise program aimed at local Kalgoorlie miners, has taken out Fitness Australia's National #ActiveCommunities Award 2017.

Goldfields Oasis Manager Cheye Hill explains how the program breaks down the social stigma of men being too ‘tough’ to make their health and fitness a priority as a key goal to the success of this initiative.

Hill explains "our program offers Kalgoorlie-Boulder men, many of whom work long hours, the chance to attend free weekly fitness sessions and be educated on nutrition, lifestyle and mental health issues with the aim of improving their fitness and wellbeing, and their ultimate goal being a 5km Park Run circuit.

"We provided a genuine solution to eliminate the social stigma and financial barriers to exercise that typically prevent men from joining an group exercise program.”

The Pledge to Park Run program started in 2015 and offered Kalgoorlie-Boulder men free weekly fitness sessions held by Goldfields Oasis. This initiative is endorsed by local community groups and mining companies, sending a positive message to the mining industry and workforce.

Commenting on the Award, Fitness Australia Chief Executive Bill Moore stated “having middle-aged men, who are Kalgoorlie's most high risk demographic for health issues, participate in regular exercise through this program is a great achievement for this community."

With over 900 nominations in Fitness Australia's #ActiveCommunities Award category, this Award aims to celebrate the outstanding work that gyms, personal training businesses and clubs do to create active, healthier, happier communities.

Moore added "as the peak industry association we exist to empower our members to engage more people in exercise - this is a perfect example of that - which makes us extremely proud of the life-changing work being done all over the country each day.”

The 2017 Fitness Australia #ActiveCommunities Award are sponsored by Physio-Control.

The Goldfields Oasis also won the Social Media Award in the 2017 Leisure Industry Communication and Marketing Awards.

Lower image shows Fitness Australia Chief Executive Bill Moore (right) presenting the National #ActiveCommunities Award to Goldfields Oasis Manager Cheye Hill.

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