Time to dive into Monto pool

Fit­ness and swim classes this sum­mer

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

SWIM­MING: Monto pool is open for busi­ness and man­ager Toni-Anne Ward is al­ready mak­ing waves with a jam-packed sched­ule of swim and fit­ness classes.

Ward, a qual­i­fied swim coach and fit­ness in­struc­tor, has presided over the pool for 12 years and re­mains as en­thu­si­as­tic as ever about the town’s sole fit­ness fa­cil­ity.

She re­mem­bers the dev­as­ta­tion when, in 2011, rou­tine main­te­nance and the floods closed the pool for the en­tire sea­son.

Seven years on and the pool’s only chal­lenge is com­pet­ing for the at­ten­tion of the younger gen­er­a­tion, who she says are pre­oc­cu­pied with video games and smart­phones.

Ward said she hopes to see more peo­ple mak­ing the most of the pool on week­ends.

“I love see­ing fam­i­lies come in and play to es­cape the heat,” she said.

“It’s also a nice place to catch up for a lot of peo­ple who come in from out of town.”

The 2018-19 pro­gram starts on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15 and in­cludes learn-to-swim classes, squad train­ing, aquafit for kids, ac­tive se­niors classes, low-im­pact classes, aqua aer­o­bics and fit­ness ses­sions.

The low-im­pact classes are per­fect for peo­ple new to ex­er­cise, or those with in­juries and health is­sues.

Se­niors don’t have to be able to swim to take part – the classes are run in the waist-deep shal­low end of the pool.

“Swim­ming is low-im­pact on the joints and you don’t have to break a sweat,” Ward said.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic work­out for peo­ple of all ages and fit­ness lev­els.

“You can work as hard as you choose.

“Be­cause of the re­sis­tance of the wa­ter it can be up to 12 times as ef­fec­tive as ex­er­cis­ing on land.”

Book­ings are re­quired for all classes.

The swim club des­per­ately needs new mem­bers and a new com­mit­tee.

Its AGM and in­for­ma­tion night is at 5.30pm, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4.

For mem­ber­ship in­quiries or book­ings, get in touch on Face­book or con­tact the pool on 4166 1787.

PHOTO: MACKEN­ZIE CO­LA­HAN

KEEP COOL: Toni-Anne Ward is div­ing into the new sea­son with a com­pre­hen­sive range of swim­ming and fit­ness pro­grams.

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