It was another amazingly varied seven days as the 31 Days of Activity ticked-off week three. Goers continued to impress with their willingness to give new activities a go — from sailing to rock climbing and everything in-between — with many discovering a new love and vowing to continue. Find out more about each activity below.
Also, a huge thanks to our activity hosts for putting on such fantastic sessions.
Discover Sailing | Skating Spectacular | Come Try Outrigger Canoe Paddling | Latin Vibrations Dance Open Day | Girl Guides Come and Try Adventure Day | Indoor Rock Climbing and Yoga | BoxFit | Junior High Performance Program Taster Session
Scroll to the bottom of this story to find out how you can still #GetInvolved and kick your 2016 off by discovering something new, awesome and motivating.
Day 15: Discover Sailing!
Kids and adults alike got to experience the thrill of sailing with Townsville Sailing Club’s Discover Sailing morning on The Strand.
The session included an explanation of how to rig the boat, how to launch and retrieve the boat and how to tack and gybe. Under guidance, Goers then took to the waters of Cleveland Bay in small one or two person boats. They got to be skipper or crew on the boat and learnt how to steer using a rudder, as well as how to trim the sails to speed up or slow down.
Get involved in 2016: See the Townsville Sailing Club’s website about how to get involved in future sessions.
Day 16: Skating Spectacular
Goers flocked to Sk8way Townsville to experience as much fun as you can have on wheels! This unique session gave kids and adults the chance to try three different styles of skating under one roof: Roller Derby, Artistic Skating and Roller Hockey.
Demonstrations were given by the respective clubs, and then skills sessions were held on rotation for participants to learn and put their new-found experience to the test on the rink.
Get involved in 2016: Check out Sk8way Townsville’s website, which shows all the roller sports you can try at the Condon facility. They also host birthday parties and roller discos.
Day 17: Come Try Outrigger Canoe Paddling
Conditions couldn’t have been any better on The Strand when more than 40 Goers turned up to experience outrigger canoeing.
With the Sunday morning session hosted by MIOCC and Coral Sea Outrigger Canoe Club, Goers were split into various OC6s (six-person outrigger canoes) to head out into the sheltered waters opposite Tobruk Pool for a paddle.
Given instruction by club volunteers beforehand about what to do, they got to see what this healthy lifestyle and fantastic core and back workout was all about.
Get involved in 2016: The clubs hold free Come Try sessions every Sunday at 8am. Find out more on their websites (https://miocc.wordpress.com/ or http://coralseaocc.flavors.me/) or in our events calendar.
Day 17: Latin Vibrations Dance Open Day
Providing the second session of the day, Goers worked up a sweat on the dance floor and got their booties shaking in this multi-dance extravaganza.
From Zumba and Konga, to Brazilian Samba, Belly Dancing, Burlesque and more, there was an exciting dance style for everyone to try and the atmosphere was electric!
Get involved in 2016: Check Latin Vibrations’ timetable for details about casual classes as well as performance courses and workshops.
Day 18: Girl Guides Come and Try Adventure Day
Girls aged five to 17 had a good dose of outdoor fun at this interactive session.
Cutheringa Park in West End came alive with awesome activities like making pikelets on a camp stove, toasting marshmallows, craft for the little ones, and learning how to use a compass and orienteering for the older girls — there was certainly plenty of fun had by all!
Get involved in 2016: Head along to a session at anytime throughout the year — you get four visits before you need to sign up. Find out more, including days and times for the different groups that meet around town, here: http://townsvillegirlguides.org.
Day 19: Indoor Rock Climbing and Yoga
Goers were literally climbing the walls with excitement at Hot Rock Adventure Centre. After a lesson in getting setup and how to belay, they took to Hot Rock’s multi skill-level climbing wall.
Slack-lining was a hit with the kids, learning to balance and perform tricks with the help of their friends. Goers also got to stretch out and relax with yoga — the perfect complement to an active morning.
Get involved in 2016: Hot Rock offers casual drop-in sessions with unlimited climbing from only $14 (or buy a 10 visit pass and save). There are also membership packages available giving you unlimited access to both climbing and yoga for less then $25/week (plus you can also bring a friend once a month for free). Find out more here: http://hotrockadventure.com.au/.
Day 20: BoxFit
It was all about getting the heart racing as about 40 Goers tried Snap Fitness Townsville CBD’s high-energy and popular BoxFit class.
Due to the class size, the session was relocated to a grassed area outside, which offered a great opportunity for everyone to punch, kick and jump their way to improved fitness and generally test their limits.
Get involved in 2016: Visit Snap Fitness and mention “TheGo” in January or February to receive a free Weeks Platinum Membership. Find out more and check out the timetable here: https://www.snapfitness.com.au/townsville-cbd/.
Day 21: Junior High Performance Program Taster Session
Nineteen junior athletes had the chance to take their training to the next level. Guided by accredited and experienced exercise physiologists Justin Smith and Caitlin Braddick at Alpha Omega Health; the teens were put through their paces with a variety of different speed and agility drills, and a plyometric training session.
Based at the Townsville Sports Reserve, Alpha Omega Health runs a high performance program specifically for 13 to 19 year olds. Each athlete receives a customised program designed to meet their individual goals, taking into consideration their sport, current training load and any injuries or weaknesses.
Participants can attend supervised coaching sessions (before and after school) to work through their program or participate in the group coaching sessions — these focus on a different element for each day of the week. They also get full access to the Alpha Omega Health gym facility, sports reserve running track and the AOH group class schedule.
The 31 Days of Activity is a community initiative that we run throughout the whole of January, offering a different event each day that Goers can try for free, thanks to the generosity of our supporting businesses, sporting clubs, and sponsors. For more information and to view the January 2016 schedule, see here: https://thegotownsville.com.au/31doa2016/.