Local sportspeople join council to encourage active lifestyle

Date published: 5 January 2017

Some of the region’s most prominent and successful athletes have joined forces with Townsville City Council to encourage residents to become active and healthy.

An Active4Life Walk has been set up between the Rockpool and Strand Park with decals on the footpath featuring local athletes including basketballer Peter Crawford, hockey player Nathan Burgers, clay target shooter Cameron McKiddie, AFL player Breanna Koenen and luger Alex Ferlazzo.

There are also a number of decals that outline statistics and tips relating to physical activity, sedentary behaviour and good health.

Community Health and Environment Committee member Cr Russ Cook said this was the second year of the Active4Life Walk, with last year’s campaign focussing on encouraging girls and women into sport.

“We hope this year’s decals will inspire locals and visitors to our city to consider their eating habits and lifestyles and put them on a path to greater health,” Cr Cook said.

“In sharing their story the active heroes show that there a huge range of sport and healthy activity option in Townsville, and that there really is something for everyone.”

The public will also have an opportunity to speak to some of the featured sportspeople at the upcoming Get Active Expo at Townsville Stadium on January 22. Entry is free.

The expo will give sport, recreation and health providers in Townsville an opportunity to promote their services directly to the community.

“The expo is a great opportunity to speak to fitness providers, clubs and organisations and perhaps give a new sport or activity a go in 2017,” Cr Cook said.