Plenty of healthy pursuits for the whole community

By ANDREW DEAN*

THE Bridgewater PCYC has a comprehensive range of hydraulic equipment along with a variety of free weights, benches and cardio machines. Its weight aerobic circuit gym is designed to improve physical fitness, muscle toning, muscle conditioning, strengthening, weight loss and overall wellbeing.

The gym is available to users 14 years and over. Ladies-only classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm. A free induction class is offered and individual programs can be arranged. Cost is $10 membership and $2.50 per visit.

The PCYC midgets program has recommenced at the Bridgewater PCYC and now operates on Tuesday mornings from 9.15am-11.00am. Make the most of this safe and friendly spaced filled with exciting equipment, a jumping castle, music, and fun activities for all junior gym-goers. New borns and up are welcome to attend. Cost is $2.50 per child.

Zumba operates at PCYC on Monday nights from 7pm-8pm and Thursdays from 7.30pm-8.30pm. Cost is $7 a session with a monthly ‘bring a friend for free passes’ special deal and nightly free passes to be won. All ages are encouraged to attend the sessions for a night of Latin music and dynamic fitness fun.

On Thursday March 24 representatives from My State Financial and CGU Insurance attended the Bridgewater PCYC and handed over a cheque for $10,000 to fund its Bush Education Adventure Training Program (BEAT). The BEAT is a course run by Bridgewater PCYC’s Andrew Dean and local resident Tim Sproule, an ex-army parachute regiment instructor and personal trainer.

The project focuses on pushing participants outside their ‘comfort zones’, with an emphasis on teamwork and discipline.

Under the direction of the two personal trainers participants will undergo rigorous training sessions to learn how far to push to their bodies. During the course they will be given information about diet, nutrition, training programmes, anatomy and overall body functions in which they will be later tested on. The Bridgewater PCYC thanks My State Financial and CGU Insurance for their support of the program.

Footy fever hit the Bridgewater PCYC on Thursday March 17 as two Collingwood Premiership players, Harry O’Brien and Dale Thomas, visited the club to sign autographs and chat to many of the locals who came by to catch a glimpse of the stars. The duo was at the club for an hour to sign autographs for the lucky fans, with plenty of photographs taken. The visit was made possible by the owners of the Green Point Plaza in Bridgewater.

In other sport news, the Clarence Basketball Association roster has recommenced and the Bridgewater PCYC has secured five teams for the season. Any child aged 10-16 years is welcome to play in the roster. This is a free activity funded by the Community Capacity Building Grants Program.

Bridgewater PCYC operates an Outside School Hours Care for children aged 5-12 years every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3pm-6pm. The licensed activity offers a wide range of activities for children from all local schools to take part in. School pick-up will be arranged and children are to be enrolled prior to attendance. Cost is $5.

For the slightly older children, Bridgewater PCYC offers free drop-in afternoons at the club for those aged 11-16years. The program runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm.

For those with an interest in combat sports and martial arts, boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo classes are held for all age groups throughout the week.

Contact the club for individual activity times and for further information about any of the classes and programs offered at Bridgewater PCYC phone Andrew or Byron on 62635277.

* Andrew Dean is the assistant club superintendent at Bridgewater PCYC.

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