Splash out and mark World Aquathon Day

NT News - - NEWS - MAX LOWE

TERRITORIANS are don­ning their budgie smug­glers and swim suits to take part in the sixth an­nual Aquathon Day to­day at the Dar­win Water­front wave pool

Aqua in­struc­tor, Nikki Hig­gins says the day is de­signed to bring about aware­ness of the ben­e­fits of wa­ter-based ex­er­cise.

“There’s a bit of a myth that aqua ex­er­cise is just for the el­derly, but it’s a fan­tas­tic, of­ten de­mand­ing work­out and very pop­u­lar among all ages and walks of life,” she said.

“It’s very ef­fec­tive for car­dio con­di­tion­ing, mus­cle strength­en­ing and re­duc­ing the risk of life­style dis­eases. There are also a lot of men­tal health ben­e­fits.”

Join­ing 257 venues across 80 coun­tries, lo­cal in­struc­tors will lead a three-hour aqua ses­sion from 7am-10am, which will in­clude games and prizes.

“We will be go­ing for three hours, we have seven in­struc­tors in­volved do­ing half-hour stints. Peo­ple can come and go as they please but we will chal­lenge them to stay for the full three hours,” Ms Hig­gins said.

En­try to the event is free but a fundraiser will raise money for the Men­tal Ill­ness Fel­low­ship of Aus­tralia (NT). There are 25 busi­nesses sup­port­ing the event and play­ers from Ter­ri­tory Thun­der will also be there to help out with events.

“Aqua is al­ways fun! We’ll be throw­ing in a cou­ple fun games like dragon boat rac­ing as well, so it will def­i­nitely be a great day,” Ms Hig­gins said.

Pic­ture: KA­T­RINA BRIDGEFORD

Territorians are gear­ing up for World Aquathon Day, with a host of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer at the wave pool at the Dar­win Water­front to­day

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