In recognition of its contribution towards seniors fitness, Murray Leisure Centre has been named Most Outstanding Living Longer Living Stronger Regional Provider in the Council on the Ageing WA 2016 Active Ageing Awards.
Shire president Maree Reid said the application of a number of techniques had helped staff enhance the lives of the centre’s older users.
She said new gymnasium equipment, such as resistance machines and state-of-the-art cardio treadmills and steppers, had been installed; the layout of the facility had been redesigned to maximise access for all customers, especially those with reduced mobility; and the Centre has partnered with local surgeries and chiropractors, as well as community organisations such as Silver Chain, Community First and the Peel Seniors Recreation Council, to grow its listing of support services.
Murray Leisure Centre has also implemented a series of circuits and balance challenges, and hosts weekly morning teas and special events as part of COTA’s Living Longer Living Stronger program that continues to foster a sense of belonging for older customers in an attempt to minimise the social isolation frequently experienced by seniors living with poor health.
“The improvements have seen several senior customers achieve remarkable milestones such as participating in half-marathons, cycling from Mandurah to Rockingham on a regular basis and the removal of shoulder impingements and restoring of functional strength to re-enable the ability to travel,” Cr Reid said.
Lead instructor Christine Norris was also announced as the winner in the Most Outstanding Regional Living Longer Living Stronger Instructor category.
Ms Norris has been instrumental in the success of the Living Longer Living Stronger program due to her expertise in program design and client supervision.
She ensures the currency of her own skills through additional training and research applied in the creation of innovative circuit classes and balance challenges to ensure continued extension of participants’ skills.