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Pt In the Park

When:

Sat 25 Nov 2017, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 2 Dec 2017, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 9 Dec 2017, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 16 Dec 2017, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 23 Dec 2017, 9:00am–10:00am

Where: Harper Ave, Carlton Corner, Hagley park, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Michael Sullivan

It’s a cold frosty morning, -4 degrees, and Patricia Adams at 73 years young jumps out of bed to head off to PT in the Park. After an hour of conditioning and cardio, she emerges muddy, energised and ready for the weekly coffee with like-minded PT in the Park ‘athletes’ of all ages at the local café!
We asked Trish why she does this...

I found PT in the Park about 2 years ago and thought why not give it a go. Michael Sullivan, our instructor advised me not to go overboard on the first day, but just see how things went. The PT in the Park numbers are different each week, but there is also the regular core of attendees. From day one I just loved it, doing a wide variety of exercise, getting down and dirty on the grass all year round. My family think I am nuts doing press ups in the frost in winter.

I have noticed that I can now run further than I have done for a long time. My fitness level and endurance have improved. My upper body strength is better and I can do a lot more, it makes me feel good about my improved fitness.

Trish has always been community minded since she started training as a nurse in 1960. Retiring in 1996 she has always had an interest in all things, health. She now works in over 9 committees in a voluntary capacity in the community, with the CDHB and Age Concern Canterbury.

In June this year, Trish and a core PT in the Park group set about fundraising to cook dinner for the residents of Ronald McDonald house. The meal was served on 4th August with enough funds raised from PT events to serve 40 people and with proceeds left for an additional donation. PT in the Park supervisor, Michael Sullivan is also a chef.

As a result of this positive experience, a PT in the Park Trust is in the final stages of being set up - so further fundraising can be made to provide more equipment for PT in the Park, fund and mentor young Trainers as well as a cook again for Ronald McDonald house.

In November 2015, New Zealand Industry Awards recognised PT in the Park nationally with the Community Excellence Award. A testament to the commitment from Michael, & his partner Jo Cross from Focus, and the team of volunteer PTs who are dedicated to improving the fitness and flexibility of all community members for free.

PT in the Park is every Saturday morning, rain or shine at 9am to 10am and it is free. It is near Carlton Mill corner and clearly visible with flags showing where it is.

For more information about PT in the Park Email - Michael@focus.kiwi.nz or check out the Facebook page.