Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Teachers set active challenges


Three Deniliquin educators are again putting their bodies on the line as part of the Deni 5 in 5 challenge.

Deniliquin High School teachers Brenda Norman and Josh Perizzolo and Deniliquin North School principal Mark Peterson have set personal physical goals as part of the ‘Be Active’ portion of the challenge.

Over five days starting Monday, Ms Norman will swim 100km, Mr Peterson will kayak between Tocumwal and Deniliquin and Mr Perizzolo will virtually climb Mount Kosciusko.

Ms Norman will repeat her 2020 pledge of swimming a 20km stretch of the Edward River each day during the week.

‘‘Because I have done it before I know that from Four Post Camp to the Deniliquin Boat Club is a 20km stretch, and McLean Beach to Steven’s Weir in another,’’ she said.

‘‘I will alternate between the two again this year.

‘‘I have a few different people supporting me, and will be accompanie­d by one person each day in a kayak who will also help me with my feeds.

‘‘A 20km swim can take between five and six hours, depending on the flow conditions. The flow at the top end near Four Post is usually faster so that stretch would normally take five hours.’’

Rising river levels because of releases from the Hume Dam has increased the speed of the river, and may present more hazards for Ms Norman as she swims.

In a training swim this week, Ms Norman said she managed to swim 10km in just 90 minutes.

The speedy flows might also provide some assistance to Mr Peterson as he paddles his way from Tocumwal to Deniliquin.

He will arrive in Deniliquin on Friday, although the time will depend on his paddle efforts during the week.

‘‘It is a 150km trip, and I will stop and camp along the way,’’ Mr Peterson said.

‘‘Some of the North School community has offered to meet me as I come in to Deniliquin and stand up paddle along with me.

‘‘Depending on the time and river heights, I might stop behind the Peppin Heritage Centre, or continue through to McLean Beach.

‘‘I have also made an extra pledge to only use locally or Australian made items during the paddle.’’

The kayak challenge is new for Mr Peterson, who last year hiked 212km for his ‘Be Active’ challenge.

Mr Perizzolo is also changing things up from last year.

In 2020 he cycled 800km over five days. This year he will also be on a bike, but fitted to an indoor trainer with digital platform for a simulated climb.

‘‘I will complete a virtual climb of Mount Kosciusko each day over the five days.

‘‘I’ll do the Alpe Du Zwift twice per day to meet that. It’s a 12.5km track with an 1100m elevation gain.

‘‘This challenge will be training for me, as I intend to do a virtual climb of Mount Everest later in the year.

‘‘That climb will be all in one session, with no stops.’’

The Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group is encouragin­g other community members to set themselves a ‘Be Active’ goal to complete next week.

Member Lourene Liebenberg said being active is a great way to look after your mental and physical wellbeing.

‘‘This is a wonderful opportunit­y for families and organisati­ons to get on board, doing something that fits in with the wellbeing action of that week.

‘‘Organisati­ons and businesses can get on board by printing some of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ resources and posters and putting them up in shop windows or in your staff rooms.

‘‘We also ask people to share their actions with us by putting your photos up on our Facebook group, tagged with #deni5in5.

‘‘Share with us what you are doing as a family to be active — perhaps a bike ride in the forest, a walk along the river or anything else you are doing to stay mentally healthy by being active.’’

Share your challenges or download resources at groups/2810737769­13194.

The other five ways to wellbeing, which will be explored in a series of articles over coming weeks are Connect, Keep Learning, Be Aware and Help Others.

■ Anyone requiring crisis support can contact Accessline on 1800 800 944 , Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Informatio­n is also available at


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■ Deniliquin Mental Health Action Group member Lourene Liebenberg.

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