THRIVE set to empower women and girls across the Toowoomba Region

Thrive group launch

Women and girls of all ages are being encouraged to get out and get active with Toowoomba Regional Council’s new Thrive project.

To coincide with Women’s Health Week, more than 200 free and low-cost activities will be made available from September through to May 2018 for women and girls living in the Toowoomba Region.

Toowoomba Region Deputy Mayor, Carol Taylor said the initiative is about empowering women to have a go at a range of fitness and outdoor recreation activities they may not have tried before.

“Research tells us more than 40% of adult women in Queensland are not achieving the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.  TRC secured additional funding from the State Government to provide over 200 free or low-cost options for women and girls of all ages to get active.

“Toowoomba Regional Council worked with the Queensland Government to secure over $35,000 from the Government’s Get Out, Get Active grant to provide various fitness and outdoor recreation programs specifically for women and girls across the Toowoomba region,” Deputy Mayor Taylor said. 

The female-only classes include yoga, hula hooping, mindful walks, Zumba, Konga, kickboxing and strength classes, along with a range of outdoor recreation opportunities including bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and archery tag.

TRC will be offering new Women on Wheels workshops to provide women with a comfortable park environment where they can build their knowledge, skills, and confidence to ride more,” Deputy Mayor Taylor concluded.

Children will also be encouraged to get active by chasing kittens, dragons, fairies, dinosaurs and aliens at Magical Park digital fantasy lands across the region during school holidays.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni believes this initiative will help break down barriers preventing females from becoming active.

“This funding is the largest of its kind in Queensland and will provide the strongest launch pad for women and girls to foster life-long participation in sport and active recreation,” Minister de Brenni said.

“We have seen some incredibly worthwhile community-based activities delivered across the state through funding from previous rounds of the program and I have no doubt round three will deliver similar results.”

“All Queenslanders should have the chance to participate in sport and active recreation, and as Minister for Sport I am very proud to see the continuation and growth of the Get Out, Get Active program to increase sport and active recreation participation in women and girls,” Minister de Brenni said.

For more information about what’s on offer over, or to book please contact Council 131 872 or visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/thrive

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