Stand up for girls

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dent Kim Smith says as a teenager, she was bul­lied, over­weight and a shy in­tro­vert.

“I was lack­ing con­fi­dence, self-es­teem and need­ing a bit of sup­port,” she said.

It was her de­ci­sion to start at­tend­ing group fit­ness classes that helped her start feeling con­fi­dent in a non-com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“The only prob­lem was that it was all adults and there were no other teens do­ing it,” she said.

“So I thought, how awe­some would it be to have a pro­gram like this for teenagers.”

Ms Smith has since de­vel­oped Stand­ing Strong, which takes into ac­count ex­er­cise, as well as well-be­ing and well­ness for the heart and mind, for girls aged 11 to 16.

Ms Smith, whose back­ground is in be­havioural sci­ence, fit­ness and do­mes­tic coun­selling, cre­ated the busi­ness af­ter her own ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cur­rently there is a full club set-up in West Perth, which runs classes, and it has since opened up in South­ern River on the border of Can­ning Vale.

Gos­nells konga in­struc­tor Tyare Codoceo-Pugh con­tacted Ms Smith as she had teenagers at her class at the Amherst Vil­lage Func­tion Cen­tre.

Ms Codoceo-Pugh said she taught an adult women class and had up to 10 teenagers who would par­tic­i­pate.

“Mostly mums were telling me I should do some­thing with teens,” she said.

“As much as I would like to do some­thing on my own, I heard about Stand­ing Strong and they were ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

At their first session at the func­tion cen­tre, there were 50 peo­ple.

Reg­u­lar classes will be held at the func­tion cen­tre on Wed­nes­days from 3.30- 4.30pm.

Ms Smith said she was ex­cited about the pro­gram and would look at in­tro­duc­ing a ju­nior pro­gram for 8 to 10-year-old girls.

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Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­ d464720

Darielle Asch (front) with Suzie Robin­son, Sarah Cheers, Kim Smith, Tyare Codoceo-Pugh and Elizabeth Ledger.

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