Workout with a pro

Seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley. Photo Couresty of Belinda Soldo of Living Moment Photography.

Fitness. Stanley’s Godfreys Beach was roaring with laughter on Saturday as Women’s TRY-athlon and Fun Run competitors got sweaty with Australian surfing icon Layne Beachley.

The seven-time world champion has teamed up with the ‘TRY’ committee to emphasise the importance of leading – and enjoying – an active and healthy lifestyle.

More than 60 women competing in the inaugural event greeted the surfing sensation for a group training workshop at the weekend.

“I love seeing women believe in what they can achieve,” she said on the day. “My foundation, ‘Aim for the Stars’ is all about the empowerment of women, investing in your future and valuing a healthy lifestyle.”

These values are shared with the TRY committee, which aims to provide an inclusive event open to women of all fitness levels and backgrounds to help them to create a positive attitude between their body and being active.

One of the event coordinators, Jess Maguire has heard nothing but positive feedback from the workshop.

“I loved Saturday!” she said.

“Layne is so down to earth . . . It was an exciting vibe, we all just had a great chat and a laugh.

“She did a great job to involve everyone from a broad range of fitness levels and age groups, everyone was able to come together and enjoy working out – which is what it’s all about.”

Beachley reiterated that message at a dinner held in Smithton High School’s new gymnasium on Saturday night, inspiring the room to have ambition, set goals and strive to achieve them and take pride in what you do.

“Expect resistance and challenges . . . but believe in what you can achieve,” she said.

The night saw more than 260 people in attendance, all excited to steal a ‘selfie’ with the special guest.

“It was a great, social night,” Ms Maguire said.

Due to the recent closure of the Circular Head War Memorial Swimming Pool, the Women’s TRY-athlon and Fun Run will be held in Stanley at Tatlows Beach on Sunday November 15. Entries for the event close on Sunday November 8. For more information or to register go to www.womenstryathlon.com.au.

Group training sessions are held weekly in the lead up to the main event. The next session will be held on Wednesday November 4, 5.45pm at Tatlows Beach.

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