No limits for girls when it comes to sport


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt Emma Healy trains at Mildura Martial Arts. 
Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt Emma Healy trains at Mildura Martial Arts. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

HERE’S a question for the women and girls of Sunraysia: when was the last time you chose not to take part in physical activity because you feared judgment, felt self-conscious or were intimidated?

If you put up your hand, you’re not alone, with nearly half of Victorian women aged 25 and over intimidated by gyms, and two in five women embarrassed to exercise in public, according to VicHealth.

Turning the spotlight locally, Sunraysia Community Health says research shows women can often disengage with physical activity in their adolescent years.

“We find women who are in a parenthood stage of life focus­ed on child-raising become more consciously aware of the benefits of physical act­ivity,” SCHS health promotion ­officer Rachael Longeri said.

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