Donation to inspire teenagers to get fit

Getting fit: St Patrick's College student Olivia Foster trying out the new equipment with the support of Technogym's Claudio Bertozz. Picture: Jeff McGill

Getting fit: St Patrick's College student Olivia Foster trying out the new equipment with the support of Technogym's Claudio Bertozz. Picture: Jeff McGill

Students at St Patrick's College are running fit thanks to $15,000 in gym equipment donated by Aquafit.

Campbelltown Catholic Club’s fitness and leisure centre Aquafit came first in Australia in a worldwide fitness challenge – Let’s Move For a Better World – designed to get people moving.

As one of the top global performers, Aquafit chose the local Catholic girls’ school St Patrick’s College as its beneficiary, with students actively involved.

"About 60 students from years 9, 10 and 11 were involved," said Aquafit's executive general manager Kristen Green.

"They made a total of seven visits to Aquafit in special time slots, with parents and teachers also coming along." 

The global challenge is run by fitness equipment company Technogym which sets predefined targets of “movements” performed, all tracked in live time.

It is the second time Aquafit has topped the Australian results, last time donating gym gear to Ambarvale High School.

"We were thrilled with the opportunity to participate in the challenge,” St Patrick’s College principal Sue Lennox said.

“Thank you to Aquafit for offering this opportunity to us. Many students were able to access the wonderful facilities at Aquafit during the program.

“This new equipment will be put to good use as we continue to promote activity and healthy lifestyles for our students and staff.”