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Former Silver Fern Julie Carter is on a
mission to help Fiordlanders keep fit -- and
neither old age nor new motherhood is an
excuse to miss out.
Spurred on by learning that there are
currently around 28 expectant mothers in
the Te Anau basin, Ms Carter who moved
here last year with her partner Brendan
Hiatt and their children Ben and Lilli, has
begun "Buggy-fi t " sessions. Held once
a week, they are specifically targetting
mothers of babies who want to get back
into exercise, exercise more consistently,
feel better and have more energy,
strengthen tired muscles and generally
have some fun with their baby.
Feedback from her daughter Lilli, now aged
three, has helped finalise some of the
routines with other inspiration coming from
the Internet and similar fitness programmes
elsewhere. The exercises are modelled on
an aerobics workout using the buggy as a
prop and feature everything from squats
and leg lifts to moves that accompany
Anyone is welcome to join in by bringing
their baby, buggy, water bottle and suitable
exercise clothes and footwear along to
the Fiordland Events Centre at 10am on
Thursdays. The cost is $3 a time -- $4 if the
weather forces the session indoors.
Since leaving competitive netball about
10 years ago and having two children, Ms
Carter said the idea had been motivated
equally by her own desire to try new ways of
getting fit and easing herself back into the
workforce by putting her physical education
degree to good use.
To that end she has also developed her
own Fiordland version of the Southland
Junior Netball Academy programme
and, beginning in May, is offering eight
to 11-year-olds the chance to enrol in
weekly, intensive skills training focusing
on the basics such as ball handling,
footwork, confidence and working in a
confined space. Participants would follow a
structured programme. The cost is $60.
"I've got this netball experience to offer
Saturday," she said. "This is a way to do it
mid-week and not be committed to a team."
Before that she plans to run a three-day
intensive Excell-net course from April 1
to 3 for 12 to 14-year-olds to hone their
technique ahead of the new netball season.
This also is open to those outside the
district. Registrations close on March 20.
Other ideas in the pipeline include exercise
classes for older folk, particularly those who
may have limited mobility or joint problems,
which she intends to call "Older and Wiser".
She has been studying up on Sport
Southland's "Sit and Be Fit" programme
but also has plenty of ideas to put her own
angle on it.
Anyone interested in any of the programmes
can contact Ms Carter on (03) 249-4354.
Netball star helps Mums get back in shape
Former Silver Fern Julie Carter and daughter Lilli demonstrate some of the exercises in the Buggy-fit
routines she's leading in Te Anau.
Mr Taylor started the journey in Tauranga,
his hometown, and has been travelling
clockwise around the country. Today
(March 17) is the 111th day since his
departure on November 27, though a
significant number of days have been
spent waiting out inclement weather. On
Monday he made his way across Jackson
Bay, putting him about 13km down the
coast from Haast.
Mr Taylor, 24, described the Fiordland
coast as "big" -- big swells, big winds,
big waterfalls -- and that sometimes the
hardest part was to say no to paddling
when the sea was too rough. From his
online journal he said "Friday the 25th
(February) I got into Dusky Sound. This
was paddling in big conditions of around
three to four metres so I was terrified for
most of that paddle."
He spent quite a few days stuck around
Dusky hoping for a break in the weather,
hiding from the sandflies and trying not to
go crazy. But he acknowledges there were
worse places he could have been.
"When you look at what's happening
in the rest of the world, and what's
happened in Christchurch, it put things in
perspective," he said.
Mr Taylor has dreamed about this trip
since he was about 12 and finally decided
it was time to make it happen.
"I had to tick something off the to-do list
before life started getting in the way."
He said the trip was often more of a
mental game than a physical challenge,
though he anticipates the hardest part
of the journey is still to come. The West
Coast has not been as forgiving as
the eastern side of the country and he
doesn't expect to return to Tauranga until
May, especially as the daylight hours
are shortening. However, Mr Taylor said
that since reaching Fiordland, more than
anywhere else, people had been looking
"Paddling's like the job, but the people are
the highlight," he said.
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