Green Shut­tles find way to stay fit

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

Ev­ery Tues­day a love for badminton brings the Green Shut­tles to­gether at Mt Al­bert’s YMCA.

The group was set up to help peo­ple keep fit and is an al­ter­na­tive to work­ing out in a gym.

Auck­land Badminton de­vel­op­ment man­ager Cliff Free­man says: ‘‘Peo­ple come in and feel re­ally wel­come. There is no pres­sure, you can just be your­self.’’

Fund­ing from Sport Auck­land helped the group to hire a hall and buy equip­ment. The group now has a base of 18 play­ers.

Chief fundraiser Leita Kearns loves com­ing down to the courts once a week to have a hit around.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter how old or young you are, you just have to stand there and hit some ex­er­cise.’’

Kearns was re­ferred to the Green Pre­scrip­tion pro­gramme be­cause she was giv­ing up smok­ing.

‘‘I was very short of breath and I needed ex­er­cise,’’ she says.

‘‘The pro­gramme has helped a heck of a lot. It helps to mo­ti­vate us and it helps pro­mote com­pan­ion­ship.’’

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Tight knit: The Green Shut­tles are a friendly bunch com­mit­ted to get­ting and stay­ing fit.

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