Summer is just around the corner and the Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre are providing both a mixed summer netball league and a ladies summer netball league!
If you are interested in entering a family team, work team, or just a bunch of friends who want to get fit for summer and have fun while you’re doing it, contact our team for a registration form. We have limited spaces in this popular league so register your team now by contacting us:
Ph: 09 261 8080
This morning I had the pleasure of chatting to Cherry Marsh at the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre. At 69-years-old Cherry is no slouch. In fact, she has a fitness regime that most 20-somethings would balk at. She’s in the gym, with the Never2Old programme, three times per week and at the pools for a swim twice a week.
“This morning I did 46 laps” she boasts. She mixes freestyle with other strokes and water walking, “so it’s not all straightforward slog but it all counts” she adds. It certainly does count and it all contributes to forming the jubilant, healthy, good looking senior in front of me.
Cherry is an advocate for healthy living. She’s been a Weight Watchers leader for 30 years and she’s recruited a handful of comrades to the gym. Amongst her recruits is husband of 24 years, Bob. “I started in April a couple of years ago and he saw me having too much fun so he joined that May” she laughs.
Cherry had seen the gym, and its Never2Old programme, in the local Courier but hadn’t given it too much notice until a friend joined. Her friend seemed to be having a genuinely good time attending the gym at the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre so Cherry was inspired to give it a try for herself.
At the time she was working part-time so came to the gym twice a week. But has since retired from her day job (though she still remains active with Weight Watches) and is now able to attend the gym three times per week.
Having always been a relatively active person Cherry has thrived on the Never2Old programme. She’s always enjoyed walking but says the gym environment gives her opportunities that pounding the pavement doesn’t.
She has met many friends of similar age in Never2Old, she’s diversified her fitness regime, and she loves the social side of the programme. “The simple pleasure of having a cup of tea after a workout with all the others doing Never2Old is lovely” she says.
Never2Old is a gym-based fitness programme specially designed for those over 60-years. It focuses on functional easy-to-follow exercises to achieve and maintain active and independent lifestyles. Participants are taken through stretches, resistance exercises using gym machines, and often finish with popular dance-type movements.
But you don’t have to be a model of good health, like Cherry, to join in. Regardless of ability or fitness all older adults would enjoy doing exercise at their own pace, says Cherry, “Some participants can only manage once a week and do little more than stretching and easy movement. But what’s important is that they’re there, they’re doing it, and they’ll reap the benefit of maintained mobility not to mention socialisation.”
Like many woman her age Cherry is impeded with osteoarthritis. But rather than letting it slow her down, Cherry has followed the doctors’ advice to maintain her active lifestyle. She’s says the swimming helps, “It’s non weight bearing exercise so my left hip – which is the acute point of my arthritis – isn’t stressed”. She’s at the Papatoetoe Centennial Pools religiously twice a week, where they have indoor pools as well as an Olympic length outdoor pool so she can swim rain or shine.
Her intention in joining the gym was to keep fit. A simple goal, that sounds easy, but for many as the years wear on and bodies become slower and sorer it feels unattainable. “I had always walked but never in my life thought I’d join a gym!”
“The way we eat is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle.” Cherry has come a long way from the large lady with high blood pressure that joined Weight Watchers back in 1984. She was moved to attend her first meeting after a friend, the same age and overweight like her, suffered a heart attack.
Despite her intention to be a participant only by 1985 she had become a leader by default with the other Weight Watchers trainee pulling out half way through the course. And 30 years on is still helping people, of all walks of life, from within her community achieve weight loss and healthy lifestyles.
In addition to her beloved Never2Old gym sessions, Cherry also makes sure she’s eating the right food. “I make everything from scratch. We don’t do takeaways. We didn’t have a kitchen for six weeks and I still managed to cook!” laughs Cherry. Husband, and keen gardener, Bob is chief in charge of growing the couple’s vegetables.
The Never2Old programme at Allan Brewster Leisure Centre’s gym is popular with local seniors attracting up to 33 older adults to each class. For more information about the Never2Old programme please feel free to talk to any of the friendly staff at the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre on Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe.
Paradice Ice Skating skates into the North Shore this April with a spectacular real ice rink. They will be creating a magical wonderland at Active Zone, Downing St, Glenfield from 7pm Thursday April 14 and operating daily until Sunday May 1.
Whether you are a seasoned skater or a nervous novice, the Paradice skating staff will be on hand to ensure a premium skating experience and share some tips on how to stay upright! Ice skating is an exciting activity the whole family can share, plus the rink is completely covered ensuring that rain or shine, skating is enjoyable.
“We are really excited to be bringing the Paradice Mobile Ice to the North Shore for the first time,” explains Chris Blong, Paradice’s General Manager. “We take pride in not only giving people an introduction to skating, but doing things differently with great events and additional activities such as Frozen parties and night events adding to the atmosphere.”
The fun schedule of events will include themed weekends, free face-painting, games and giveaways for the kids, as well as evening events for the adults and teens with Student Night and DJ on Ice parties.
If once just isn’t enough, grab a five-skate concession card. These are priced at $75 for adults and $59 for children. These can be purchased at the rink reception and are valid anytime.
Paradice Glenfield Mobile Ice Rink:
Location: Active Zone, 30 Downing St, Glenfield
Dates and times: Open seven days from 7pm Thursday April 14 to Sunday May 1, 10am – 10pm
Child (12 and under): $14
Pre-school (under five years): $8.50
Family pass (two adults and two children): $52
Five-skate concession cards: $75 Adults / $59 Children
Skate frames: $10 including a $2 refundable bond
Please note that a 90 minute time limit applies when the rink is busy.
Let us help you build a body for both show and go with our Harder, Faster, Stronger Challenge at Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre.
This six-week challenge:
Session training times:
It is free for members and starts 14 March 2016. Non-member pricing is $150 (the challenge is valued at $250).
If you are up for the challenge, see our friendly team to join. Spaces are limited so get in quick!
A spa pool at Tepid Baths that had closed down two weeks ago after testing positive for legionella bacteria has been reopened.
The spa was opened again yesterday afternoon after being treated according to procedures recommended by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, and confirmation that negative test results had been returned.
Auckland Council Acting Leisure Manager Michael Groom thanks pool users for their patience and understanding while the spa was shut.
“We take health protection very seriously and as soon as we were informed of the positive result, the pool was shut immediately.”
“Visitors to the Tepid Baths, particularly regular spa pool users, have been hugely understanding of the reasons for its closure and the need for us to be certain the pool was negative for the bacteria before it could be reopened,” adds Mr Groom.
The pool will continue to be monitored over the next three months to ensure testing for the bacteria remains negative.
Additionally, a new cleaning regime has been established throughout Auckland Council’s leisure facilities to minimise the risk of future occurrences of the bacteria, meaning processes for all spa pools exceed current New Zealand Standards.
Spa pools at Auckland Council’s leisure facilities have been given an additional chemical clean as a precautionary measure following the detection of legionella bacteria in two spa pools in the council’s network.
A spa pool at the Tepid Baths was closed on Thursday 11 February following the detection of the bacteria, and treated according to procedures recommended by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS).
The pool will only be reopened once negative test results have been returned, which is likely to take two weeks.
This follows a similar incident at the Manurewa Leisure Centre in December. As with the Tepid Baths, the spa pool was closed, treated and retested, and only reopened once a negative test was returned.
The pool continues to undergo regular testing for the bacteria. Results from the second round of testing were received yesterday (Monday) and remain negative.
The bacteria was detected during testing by ARPHS to identify possible sources for two separate cases of legionella.
Auckland Council’s Manager Leisure, Rob McGee, says that in both cases the team acted on advice from council’s own Environmental Health team and the ARPHS and immediately closed and treated the spa pools affected.
“As this is the second event in a three-month period, we are taking the additional precautionary step of treating all 18 of our spa pools.
“On top of that, over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be working on a programme to ensure that every spa pool in the network undergoes an extra deep clean,” says Mr McGee.
Mr McGee says Auckland Council takes health protection seriously and a review of current cleaning and testing processes will be undertaken alongside the Environmental Health team.
“Our current processes fully comply with or exceed New Zealand Standards, however if we can make any improvements to reduce the chance of the bacteria being present, we will.
“In the meantime, following the mitigation measures that we have already put in place and liaison with key parties, we are confident that the risk to public health is low.”
Read the Auckland Regional Public Health Service statement for more information.
Auckland Leisure is rounding up a team for Round the Bays!
Round the Bays is back for 2016 as one of the world’s largest fun runs, covering 8.4km of Auckland’s beautiful waterfront. This is one event you don’t want to miss, and Auckland Leisure is here to help get you to the starting line.
Join us and become part of Auckland Leisure’s Round the Bays team. Not only will your entry will be paid for, but you’ll also score yourself a t-shirt, bus transport (return transport to and from your nominated leisure centre, excluding Tepid Baths), an Auckland Council goodie bag, event refreshments, the support of a fun team and an overall awesome experience.
Registrations close on Thursday 18 February 2016, so contact your closest centre today!
Participating Auckland Council pools and leisure centres include:
Summer’s on its way…which means it’s nearly time to get ready for summer fun in our outdoor pools!
The outdoor pools at Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre, Papatoetoe Centennial Pools and Leisure Centre and Totara Park Pools will be opening for the season on 12 December 2015. We’ll see you there!
Join one of our fitness centres by 26 october 2015 and get benefits to the value of $200:
Check the Fit for you, fit with you page for details and participating centres.