Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Leschenault Leisure Centre waives gym fees for over 80s fitness program

Leschenault Leisure Centre waives gym fees for over 80s fitness program
September 30, 2019

The Leschenault Leisure Centre in the Western Australian town of Australind has introduced a new incentive for seniors over the age of 80 to participate in physical activity, by offering free lifetime memberships.

Leschenault Leisure Centre Manager Richard Duke advised that the Shire of Harvey had introduced the complimentary memberships to be offered to participants for access to the Centre’s aquatic and gymnasium facilities once they reach the 80-year milestone.

Duke explained “the Centre already runs a number of programs to maintain and improve their level of fitness and mobility and by offering free access to the facilities for over 80s we aim to increase the number of older people taking up or continuing physical exercise.

“Participants of our Aqua classes and Living Legends program are aware of the physical and psychological benefits of exercising and their participation also enables them to develop a social network and improve mental health.”

Currently, there are 16 people with memberships who are over the age of 80, including the oldest member Vanda Murray who is 97.

Murray loves coming to the centre, especially taking part in the Living Legends program which she has been part of since its conception eight years ago.

She explains “it is an absolute joy to come here, the staff are very good, the atmosphere is wonderful and you are shown how to use the machines and corrected when you may not be doing it right.

“There are so many social benefits to coming to the program, we all have coffee afterwards and a chat.

“My doctor told me to join the gym after my husband passed away and it has been very beneficial.”

Living Legends participant Arthur Linley said the social and physical benefits were “part and parcel of attending the program”, adding “we check in with each other, sit down for coffee or tea afterwards and enjoy catching up.”

Image: Leschenault Leisure Centre Living Legends participants; Elke Schulze, Arthur Linley and Vanda Murray.

Related Articles

3rd September 2019 - Inaugural Healthy Ageing Summit to address activity and wellness among older demographics

5th August 2019 - Attendances rise and water consumption falls at Western Australian aquatic centres

22nd July 2019 - Health on Hampton personal fitness studio relocates to Bridgetown Leisure Centre

18th July 2019 - Singapore medical conference focuses on exercise and nutrition as alternatives to medication

15th July 2019 - Research shows healthy lifestyles can reduce dementia risk

10th May 2019 - ESSA focuses on Active Ageing during Exercise Right Week 2019

28th January 2019 - $22.9 million investment to encourage activity among older Australians

26th October 2018 - Study shows that not exercising is worse for health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease

26th September 2018 - International Council on Active Aging introduces wellness business summit for executives

13th August 2018 - Japanese fitness group to share expertise in dementia prevention across Asia

17th February 2017 - $3.5 million backing for regional sporting facilities in Western Australia

7th April 2015 - Western Australian Government backs regional pools with $2.8 million funding

4th February 2010 - ALFA Admits 500th Member


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology

 
 

APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/hydrilla-pty-ltd

read more

Aquatics

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business