Ac­tive pro­gramme a win­ner

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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