A TasWater Small Community Grant will allow Ravenswood Community Centre to continue offering fitness classes for the next 12 months.
The weekly “bounce” classes are a specially targeted program that has been embraced by a group of active seniors.
Northern suburb residents up to 90 plus are guided through gentle targeted exercises to maintain flexibility and muscle tone with many of the exercises built around the use of fit balls, hence the name bounce.
The TasWater grant has funded new fit balls and the cost of the physiotherapist instructor.
Ravenswood Neighbourhood House representative Lyn Cassebohm said they did not know if they would be able to continue running the classes without the grant.
“It’s a very successful program and it needs to keep going,” Ms Cassebohm said.
Bounce participant Cecily Van Galen said the bounce classes have benefited her ongoing health and mobility.
“Recently I was bowled over by an enthusiastic Labrador and broke a bone in my ankle,” Ms Van Galen said.
“My doctor said if I hadn’t had the underlying fitness and strength built up through the bounce session the break would probably have been much worse and my recovery more prolonged,” she said.
“Now I am up and moving as well as ever - and back in action at bounce.”