Inspiring Gold Coast girls to get active

11 December 2015

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. That’s the message behind a new City initiative motivating women and girls to reach their health and fitness goals.

Girl Active brings together qualified fitness and wellness professionals to run free and low cost activities across the Gold Coast.

Australia’s greatest female distance athlete and four-time Olympian, Benita Willis, launched the program at Evandale today. Willis, a Gold Coast Airport Marathon ambassador, launched the RK Pod women’s marathon training program for the 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

To kick off the new running program, a free community run and healthy breakfast, followed by a yoga class is on offer at Justins Park, Burleigh, tomorrow at 6am.

"Girl Active isn’t about competition, it’s about participation,” said Willis. “It’s about creating a fun and supportive environment so women and girls of all ages and abilities feel comfortable about getting involved in physical activity, while working towards a common goal.”

City of Gold Coast Senior Active Parks officer and 2000 Gold Coast Marathon winner, Sam Hughes said the activities on offer include yoga, volleyball, dancing and even skateboarding.

“There are also film nights, cooking classes, craft workshops and confidence-building and self- esteem workshops aimed at tweens and teen girls” said Ms Hughes.

While men can’t participate, they’re encouraged to motivate their partner, mum, daughter, sister or friends to have a go at the activities on offer.

Girl Active runs between December 2015 and April 2016. To view the program, visit

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