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SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Whether it’s too much
comfort food or just
not wanting to get out
from under the doona
in the morning, exercise
motivation is hard to
come by in winter.
We’ve put together
a list of fitness clubs that
will keep your exercise
WA Marathon Club
Forget your running
app, this friendly group
has weekly training
sessions that will build
up your endurance and
have you running with
confidence in no time.
With club members
ranging from young
adults to a 62-year-old
Iron Man competitor,
this diverse group
has a one-and-
every day of
The cool days make
for a bushwalker’s
paradise. If you’re new
to bushwalking, this
group will show you the
ropes and get you at
one with nature.
If you’re after a hard-
and-fast workout to
re-boot your fitness,
try one of the classes
on offer at X-training
– s and sprints and
boot camp anyone?
Looking to break sweat without
freezing? Getting active indoors
has never been easier.
You won’t even know it’s winter when you
dig your toes into the white sandy court at indoor
beach volleyball. There are eight centres across
Perth, each with teams to join and weekly matches.
There’s nothing like a room covered in trampolines
(walls and all) to cure winter blues. Try not to burst
out laughing as you launch your friends sky-high.
If you’re one to embrace the cold, rug up
and get on the ice! The Xtreme Ice Arena
offers classes ranging from speed skating
to ice hockey, as well as just a twirl around the rink.
Xtreme Ice Arena, Mirrabooka.
Dig out that retro, wide-lapelled shirt
and head over to the funky Rosemount
Bowl where you can warm up with
a drink from the bar in between games. Rosemount
Bowl, North Perth.
Yes, it’s true, that gym-class favourite,
dodgeball, is quickly becoming a popular
social sport for people who just want
to let off some steam and share a laugh. Revolution
Sports, Shenton Park, Thursdays.
Indoor Volleyball (photography Reg Day).
In true Australian style, the first Avon Descent in 1973 had no rules, no officials and only 49 competitors. The event has since
grown to worldwide recognition, with competitors ranging from super-athletes to novice paddlers. The two-day, 124km race
allows for kayaks, power-dinghies and any creation in between to try their luck on the challenging run of water. As the name
suggests, the Avon Descent starts on the Avon River in Northam and finishes on the Swan River in Bayswater. The course passes
through picturesque scenery including multiple national parks and the Swan Valley’s wine region. If you aren’t feeling up for the
challenge yourself, there are plenty of beautiful waterside locations for a spectator-friendly day out. Northam, Aug 2-3 .
SURFING WA 50TH ANNIVERSARY
“They were pioneers,” says Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane of the
thrill-seekers who first explored WA’s wild waves. Formed in
1964 to fight for surfers whose boards were confiscated
by lifeguards, surfing’s governing body is still searching for
new frontiers, but retains its status as an advocacy group.
“The issues have changed,” says Mark, “but the role of
advocacy hasn’t.” Surfing WA works in partnership with
local governments to protect our coast – an alliance Mark
admits conflicts with the sport’s traditional grassroots
foundations. “It’s challenging, trying to find a happy
medium,” he says of striking a balance between advancing
the sport and maintaining its fringe status. “But it still retains
that underground feel; the spirit is still the same.” One
development Surfing WA embraces is the increased
participation of girls in the sport, as well as
engaging 70,000 school-aged kids in surfing
programs across the state. Seeing the kids in
these programs, Mark is confident the next
generation of surfers will have the same spirit
as their predecessors. “The fire in their eyes
remains constant,” he says. “The spirit of
adventure, of exploring, of camaraderie, is
still the same.”
To learn more about Surfing WA’s 50th
anniversary, check out the commemorative
book published by Margaret River Press, Surfing
WA: Celebrating 50 Years.
Photography Chris Gurney.
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