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Gym goes mad over anniversary

By Katie Weiss

A Mad Hatters tea party is being held at Gym@CDU. From left: Jess Hempsall, Joan Mason and Gym@CDU manager Rosie Atkinson. A Mad Hatters tea party is being held at Gym@CDU. From left: Jess Hempsall, Joan Mason and Gym@CDU manager Rosie Atkinson.

Participants can leave their hats on at a special fitness class celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Charles Darwin University.

The Gym@CDU will hold a Mad Hatters workout party and post-workout tea party for Low Impact fitness group attendees.

Manager Rosie Atkinson said all members of the community were welcome to attend. She also encouraged seniors to join the group, previously known as Heartstarters.

“These classes are ideal for seniors, or people who are getting back into exercise after a long break or injury,” Ms Atkinson said.

She said the Low Impact classes were about more than just keeping fit.

“The classes have become very social,” Ms Atkinson said. “After each class, the group stays for a morning tea.”

Member Joan Mason said she had never been to a gym until she began attending the Low Impact classes when they began 10 years ago.

“I can’t believe I have been going for so long,” she said.

“This group has changed my life.”

Mad Hatters event participants are encouraged to attend the class wearing a fun item on their head, such as a silly hat, fascinator or animal ears.

Long-term instructors, Nikki Higgins, Paula Martin and Carolyn Maxsted, will lead the special anniversary class at 10am on Thursday, April 10. Morning tea will follow at 11am.