FITNESS students at Beaudesert High will be able to muscle up on improving the health of people in the community after the school P&C secured a $20,000 Commonwealth grant for new gym gear.
Beaudesert High, which offers free personal training for senior citizens and people with a disability, will buy new treadmills, rowing machines, spin bikes and weights with the money.
The school P&C will match the Commonwealth funding dollar for dollar to purchase the equipment.
Health and physical education head of department Anna Savage said the funding was a major boost for the school and the community.
“This is great for the students who are studying for their Cert 3 in Fitness and, beyond that, it’s just an incredible thing to be able to offer people in the community through partnerships with the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Be Healthy and Active program and with local groups like Wongaburra,” she said.
“Through this grant we’ll be able to improve the facility dramatically – it’ll mean we can buy more cardio gear to draw in the staff and younger students who are not into the heavy lifting and bring in more people to use the gym.”
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the Beaudesert High P&C on its success.
“It’s heartening to see that at Beaudesert High there is such a strong interest in improving the health and fitness of people in the community, while also providing students with hands-on training to pursue a career in the fitness industry,” he said.
“Getting this extra gym gear will greatly benefit the 86 students who are studying for their Certificate 3 in Fitness at Beaudesert High and I’m pleased they have been able to get the boost they needed through this Commonwealth funding.”