Active programme a winner
Pakuivi Ratu from Tokoroa was introduced to Sport Waikato’s Active & Well programme after one of her regular visits to her doctor in December of 2010.
Mrs Ratu was born with cerebral palsy and at age 55 she saw her mobility was decreasing and recognised the need to do something to maintain her independence was a priority.
Her GP encouraged her to become more active and a Green Prescription was prescribed placing her in the hands of the Active & Well team in Tokoroa.
This provided the motivation Mrs Ratu needed to put more activity into her day.
From December 2010, Mrs Ratu visited the Active & Well room in Tokoroa, which has been set up as a small fitness centre, to do her workout. On fine days Mrs Ratu would walk with her walking frame, the 500m to the room and do her workout under supervision.
Mrs Ratu was dedicated to the task and through the support and encouragement given by her family and the Sport Waikato team, Mrs Ratu, who initially started at the Active & Well room on a walking frame, now uses just one crutch for support.
Adding to the four days that Mrs Ratu works out in the Active & Well room, she now attends the South Waikato Indoor Pools twice a week, attending an exercise group led by Raukawa Trust Board and has recently started receiving water confidence instruction from a volunteer swim coach.
Mrs Ratu’s family has also organised, through the financial support of CCS, a trike, for her to continue to get to activity groups and maintain her independence.
All this support has seen her confidence rise and her health improve.
Mrs Ratu has lost 7.4kgs in weight and 6cm from around her waist in the seven months she has been involved in the programme.
She is determined to continue to maintain and build on the work and progress she has made and, with the support of her family and the team at Sport Waikato, the changes in lifestyle she has made will pay big dividends in the future.
RIDE TO VICTORY: Pakuivi Ratu is an inspiration to those living with cerebal palsy.