AquaZone partners in inclusive fitness research

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AquaZone will partner in research aimed at helping people with cerebral palsy take part in physical activity.

The Warrnambool FitSkills Pilot Program is being led by Australian Catholic University physiotherapist and PhD candidate James Czencz.

“We aim to test whether FitSkills can run in a rural setting,” Mr Czencz said.

“We want to promote inclusivity by catering to adults with cerebral palsy, or a similar condition, and who require wheeled mobility to access community facilities.

“Through the 12-week trial FitSkills participants will have access to gym facilities with personalised workouts.

“Deakin University is also involved as each participant will have a Deakin health student as their gym buddy.

“Challenges that can be faced by many include not knowing what exercises to do and not having someone to exercise with.

“The project focuses on improving the quality of life and participation in community-based physical activities for adults who use wheeled mobility and are often marginalised due to physical and social inaccessibility.”

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Ben Blain said Council was pleased to be involved.

“We're excited to welcome FitSkills to Warrnambool,” Cr Blain said.

“We believe it will not only improve physical health for adults with cerebral palsy who use wheelchairs but also foster genuine relationships and connections within the community.

“We’re all looking forward to what can be achieved over the 12-week pilot program and beyond.”

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Potential participants

Deakin University occupational therapy, exercise science or nursing students