An Ability Links pilot program to run a fitness class for local people with disability began five weeks ago at the Kyogle Community Gym. Six people have joined the class and it’s proving to be an outstanding success, with more people wanting to participate than can currently be accommodated.
The participants in the program all have very different types of disability, but a common thread for all is experiencing a lack of social interaction. The gym class is not just helping to increase their fitness – it’s also playing a key role in providing fun contact with other people, increasing self-esteem and improving the inclusion of people with disability in the community.
Gym trainer Sharron has done a great job working out a circuit that can be utilised by all the participants and allows each person to exercise at a level suited to their abilities.
The program is funded by Northern Rivers Social Development Council’s (NRSDC) Ability Links program and covers membership for six participants and the costs of a fitness trainer for 13 weeks. Private or corporate sponsorship to keep this program running is being sought and further information can be obtained by contacting Suzie or Sharron @ the gym on 6632 2551 or Sandy at Ability Links – Kyogle: 0438 407 006 or email