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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg gets behind This Girl Can

17 April 2019

Women in the Glenelg Shire have shown that age is no barrier for exercise as part of the recent This Girl Can Week campaign.

This Girl Can Week was undertaken by the Glenelg Shire Council in partnership with the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre (PLACE) and through the support of VicHealth. The campaign offered a series of free fitness classes throughout the week to encourage and empower more women to be active.

The campaign has proven to be a resounding success with data showing more than 60 women who didn’t hold any active gym memberships participated in the free classes.

Glenelg Shire recreation coordinator Hayley Rowe was thrilled with the results and was particularly pleased with the wide range of attendees.

“Council has been working in partnership with local groups and providers to develop innovative opportunities for women to get more active more often,” she said.

“We had more than 60 new faces join in This Girl Can Week activities, with these women ranging from 17 years of age right through 89 years of age. It was a real testament to the campaign to see people of all ages getting involved.

“Some of these participants haven’t been to the gym in years, or have never been at all, so it was fantastic to see so many women discovering a new way to get active in a fun and supportive environment. We thank these women for taking the initiative to step outside of their comfort zone.

“As part of the week long program Council provided number of random prizes through the This Girl Can Victoria campaign, including a ten pass card and a six month membership, to anyone who came along to one the classes and it is great to see our winners already making the most of their prizes.”

Mrs Rowe encouraged community members to continue on with their active habits.

“I encourage all women to continue on with the momentum they built during This Girl Can Week by participating in Premier’s Active April,” she said.

“There are free activities being held throughout the month at PT@Home, Snap Fitness, Brenda’s Functional Fitness and the PLACE, ranging from gentle stretch classes, tai chi, through to boxing and boot camp sessions.

“There is something on offer to get all women of all ages active.”

This Girl Can – Victoria is a motivational campaign from VicHealth, seeking to inspire more women to get more active more often. Research reveals over half of Victorian women worry about being judged when exercising, a fear which is stopping them from getting active.

To learn more about the campaign visit

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