Chal­lenge sees huge out­comes

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | EDUCATION -

WITH a life­time of ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind her, Yolandie Weir has spent the past 12 weeks help­ing Coast res­i­dents find joy in ex­er­cise and health.

As a na­tional cham­pion in three dif­fer­ent sports, Miss Weir knows a thing or two about train­ing and is now pre­par­ing for a ca­reer help­ing oth­ers achieve their fit­ness goals.

The Diploma of Sport De­vel­op­ment stu­dent is one of 31 TAFE stu­dents who’ve been work­ing with 90 res­i­dents as part of the Healthy Sun­shine Coast 12 Week Chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge, part of a part­ner­ship be­tween TAFE Queens­land and Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil, gives sport de­vel­op­ment stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence train­ing real clients.

Miss Weir said while she’d seen peo­ple get good re­sults with ex­er­cise be­fore, play­ing an ac­tive part in the jour­ney was amaz­ing.

“This has been the best ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve had dur­ing the course,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one has done re­ally well and made proper lifestyle changes and the hard work they’re putting in is show­ing.

“I know three par­tic­i­pants who lost 20cm from their girth mea­sure­ments within the first six weeks, while an­other par­tic­i­pant man­aged to shave over three min­utes off their fit­ness test.”

Stu­dents and par­tic­i­pants will cel­e­brate their achieve­ments at TAFE Queens­land’s Mooloolaba cam­pus tonight, where prizes will be awarded to the par­tic­i­pants with the most im­prove­ment.

Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor Jenny McKay said Healthy Sun­shine Coast’s pop­u­lar­ity had grown sig­nif­i­cantly since it started in 2016, with more than 20,000 peo­ple join­ing in one of the many free or low-cost classes.

PHOTO: DANIELLE FORD

STU­DENT TEACHER: TAFE stu­dent Yolandie Weir works with a 12 Week Chal­lenge par­tic­i­pant.

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