Si­mon and Mark push to the limit

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

PER­SONAL trainer Si­mon Gil­boy says he’s ready to push him­self to the lim­its next week­end as he at­tempts to push his ute 50km for drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

In an ef­fort to raise money and aware­ness for Kyabram’s Teen Chal­lenge, Si­mon is push­ing the ute he used to make the jour­ney here from Syd­ney around 10 years ago when he was flee­ing drug ad­dic­tion.

He says he’s ready and rar­ing to go, hop­ing that his train­ing will pay off and he can last the dis­tance over the week­end at DECA in Shep­par­ton.

He and his part­ner in crime Mark Stokes have been train­ing and pre­par­ing them­selves men­tally for the big push.

“We’re good to go, so to speak. We haven’t been do­ing any­thing crazy fit­ness wise, just the ba­sic train­ing, strength train­ing and body weight train­ing,” Mr Gil­boy said.

“Mark was in the Special Armed Forces, he was one of the best at what he was do­ing. After he fell out with the law he joined up with Teen Chal­lenge, that was over 10 years ago.”

The PursUte Ute Push is Si­mon’s way of prov­ing it’s pos­si­ble to over­come metham­phetamine ad­dic­tion, but he says it’s a tough battle for any­one.

“You can’t do re­cov­ery on your own, you need some­one there to help you. Mark helps me if I fall and I’ll help him if he does. The re­cov­ery jour­ney never ends, you need peo­ple to talk to and sup­port you.

“This pro­gram gives you life­long friends, some­one who knows what you’ve been through and can talk to you about it.”

As for the am­bi­tious plan to raise $250,000, Si­mon says they’ve fallen a lit­tle shy of the mark, but en­cour­ages any­one who can to dig deep and help sup­port the lo­cal cause.

“So far we’ve raised around $9000 for the event, but we’re ac­cept­ing more, even after the event. We’re just hop­ing to raise aware­ness for the group.”

The PursUte 50km Ute Push will be at DECA on October 7 and 8. To do­nate go to my­cause.com.au/ events/teen­chal­lengepur­su­teute­push

Re­cov­ered addicts Mark Stokes and Si­mon Gil­boy are giv­ing back to the pro­gram that changed their lives.

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