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