Dominic College gets serious about fitness

DOMINIC College was quaking with music, action and verbal encouragement recently when it hosted Tasmania’s largest-ever indoor school boot camp.

Held in the college’s indoor gymnasium and sports science facility, the Savio Centre, the event saw more than 500 students and staff members guided through a series of tough exercise routines by “Military Mumma” (MM) personal trainers.

MM personal trainer Kirri Brazendale said the students were “awesome” and that her view from the stage of the 500 participants was “the best.”

“Inspiring everyone and helping students make healthy choices at the right stage of their lives is what we love to do,” she said.

“It’s important to not let a lack of self-confidence inhibit you – stay positive, make a commitment and stick to it.”

MM fitness team leader Troy Albiston said all that students needed to get active was the right motivation.

“I didn’t start out fit,” he said.

“I was overweight and was making poor choices for my nutrition and neglecting healthy exercise, but with the right inspiration, you can change.”

Dominic College will launch a new program in years seven to 10 that would see MM trainers regularly participate in health and physical education (HPE) and elective athletic development classes.

Through expert tutorials, the MM trainers would work with students in a variety of fitness techniques.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the partnership with MM was part of the college’s drive for excellence in teaching across the K-10 curriculum.

“Such partnerships support a commitment by teachers to move students from surface learning to deep learning,” she said.

“Our students have been benefiting from specific programs that utilise external professional experts in fields such as science, humanities, creative arts and HPE.

“Our teachers also grow in expertise from this professional interaction.”

Caption: Dominic College students and staff in a mass boot camp session run by Military Mumma trainers.

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