Slam dunk towards fun and fitness

SIGN ME UP: Shoalhaven Basketball coordinator Cheryl Hunter is looking forward to trying walking basketball and hopes others will also come along and play.

SIGN ME UP: Shoalhaven Basketball coordinator Cheryl Hunter is looking forward to trying walking basketball and hopes others will also come along and play.

THE Shoalhaven Basketball Association is putting together the final preparations for an exciting new community health initiative.

The group is set to introduce ‘walking basketball’ into the area and this program, suited for able bodies and people with a disability, has the goal of getting people more active.

Shoalhaven Basketball coordinator, Cheryl Hunter, and the group’s committee made the move to introduce the program into the local area after seeing it on social media.

“We saw it on Facebook and thought this is fantastic and our president Rachel Martin messaged me and said ‘this is really good’,” Mrs Hunter said.

“I said to her ‘can we do this’ and she said ‘absolutely’ and so we got the ball rolling.

“I spoke to my contact in Shoalhaven City Council and she put me in touch with their health department and so that sort of started it all.

“I have spoken to the local Parkinson support group in Nowra and also had a meeting with them and they were all very excited.

“They call themselves the Shoalhaven Shakers and they are interested in coming along and having a go.”

Mrs Hunter is still finalising the details and does not yet have a starting date for the program.

However, the association is looking at two different  options.

“The first option is a community event involving people who have health issues – Parkinsons, diabetes, heart issues - all those types of groups that need to do some exercise and this is perfect for them,” Mrs Hunter said.

“Then there is the more open number two option and this other stream would be people like myself I guess who can't play the game in its full pace now but still want to be involved and do a bit of exercise.”

Mrs Hunter said the main aim is for people to have fun, get exercise and enjoy taking part in a new sport.

“It’s about doing exercise when you really don’t notice you are doing it. You are here having fun and the game will be completely modified,” she said

She wants interested people or groups to call her on 4421 3800 or head to their Facebook page.

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