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Women’s fitness group reaps some surprising rewards

The Wide Bay Crew enjoy a trek on Fraser Island, finishing at Lake MCkenzie.
The Wide Bay Crew enjoy a trek on Fraser Island, finishing at Lake MCkenzie.

THEY come in all shapes and sizes, from various backgrounds.

Some of them have kids, some don't, but all of them have different goals.

What this group of Fraser Coast women have in common is they all want to get fitter and have a good time while doing it.

The Wide Bay Crew is a fitness group bringing together dozens and it is changing the lives of women around the Fraser Coast.

The women found one another through the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation program - but now their friendships go well beyond that, thanks to the journey of increased health and fitness they have embarked on together.

The group can be found almost anywhere on the Fraser Coast, completing activities, bushwalks and runs through the region's hinterland, on Fraser Island and on Hervey Bay's beaches.

The group comes together a few times each week to stay active and once every four weeks a big event is planned.

Hervey Bay's Tania Wilson is responsible for organising many of the group's activities, from days at Flame Lily adventure park in Burrum Heads to treks from Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island.

With the help and support of the women she trains with, Tania has lost 70kg.

The group is laidback and easygoing, and while most of the members are women, partners and husbands are welcome to join in as well and it is completely kid-friendly.

Tania said the group was all about girl power and it didn't matter what background one was from, whether it was a woman working in a business or a stay-at-home mum.

"There are all ages and sizes and different backgrounds of life," she said.

Tania continuously challenges her fitness level, completing the Warrior Dash in Woodford twice and also many other events.

She says belonging to the group has been a revelation because it is very supportive and it is a social way of getting fit.

Group member Monique Maynes said she had lost 23kg since joining the group.

It had been a journey full of raw emotions as the women embarked on the challenge of losing weight together, Monique said.

While the health benefits for her had been fantastic, it had also been a bonus for her husband and her three children, who had joined in the activities and had also become aware of maintaining healthier lifestyles and diets, she said.

The kids accompanied her to the boxing sessions held by the group and there were always other children to play with. Often, her older children joined in, Monique said.

"They get excited about going to boxing."

Monique said she had done some "very crazy" things that she would never have done if she had not joined the Wide Bay Crew.

From running along tracks on Fraser Island to contemplating taking part in the Kokoda Challenge, held in the Gold Coast's hinterland every year, Monique said joining the group had been a "hell of a ride and lots of fun".

"I've met so many wonderful people," she said.

Losing weight had made a huge difference to her life.

"It reaches every aspect of your life," she said.

To find out more about the Wide Bay Crew, email tania_wilson@dodo.com.au

The Wide Bay Crew do some stretching at a Hervey Bay beach before their workout.
The Wide Bay Crew do some stretching at a Hervey Bay beach before their workout.

Topics:  exercise, fitness, fraser coast, group, hervey bay, women



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