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woman swimmer signing in pool
woman swimmer signing in pool

Swimming is excellent exercise

Whether it is gentle tai chi or competitive sport, exercise can improve our health. It can enhance our mood and relieve stress. Exercise can build strength and boost our energy levels. It can also be a way to channel frustration, turning negative energy into something positive. Exercise is also an activity that can be shared with others. It can be a great way to meet people. And it’s fun! Sport and Recreation Victoria says as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can be beneficial. It can help to: Improve your bones and muscles Reduce the risk of illness...
4 comments - last comment on 01/04/2011
A silhouette of a man using a walking stick walking through a large park

I walked frequently to relieve my pain

I moved to Glen Huntly in 1995. A modest flat was all I could afford. I felt like a stranger in the neighbourhood. I felt like everyone was staring at me. They were staring because of my unusual way of walking. There was a park filled with trees near my flat. I enjoyed taking walks there. The pleasant surroundings eased the stress I felt. There were people of many different cultures living in Glen Huntly. I made some friends. I was sad to leave even though I was often unhappy while living in the flat. It was my home for so long.
1 comment - on 10/02/2011
Jamie Halliday is kneeling alongside other people doing karate. He is wearing a blue karate suit with a black belt.
Jamie in action

Jamie Halliday: I was determined

I have a black belt in karate. I proved that my disability is no barrier. I am the first person with Down syndrome in Australia to have a black belt. I am also only the second in the world. I started karate when I was 13 years old. Some people with Down syndrome have a problem with their neck. Doing somersaults can be dangerous. It took a lot of practice to learn how to roll safely. I love karate so much. I wanted to keep going to earn my black belt. Now I want to be an instructor.
4 comments - last comment on 05/05/2012