Green gym to keep Sanctor community fit

2016-10-19 06:00
From left are Nerene Kapp (trainer for the elderly), Morné du Plessis (chairperson: Varsvlei Sports Forum), Ward Councillor Trevor Louw, and Theresa Nanan (secretary: Varsvlei Sports Forum). Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS swanepoel

From left are Nerene Kapp (trainer for the elderly), Morné du Plessis (chairperson: Varsvlei Sports Forum), Ward Councillor Trevor Louw, and Theresa Nanan (secretary: Varsvlei Sports Forum). Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS swanepoel

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THE community in Sanctor and surrounds have no excuse to be unfit anymore.

This, according to Ward 35 DA Councillor Trevor Louw, who says the newly erected “green gym” at the Varsvlei sports grounds in Marock Road offers young and old the opportunity to exercise while enjoying fresh air and a beautiful view.

The environmentally friendly gym, which consists of a variety of fitness equipment that is cemented into the ground, will be under the watchful eye of the Varsvlei Sports Forum.

“This green gym is a first for the Northern suburbs, and we are asking the community to be proud and take ownership of it and to make sure that it does not get vandalised,” said Louw.

“We are encouraging families to come as a unit to come and train together. The fact that we have installed lighting also makes it possible to use these facilities after dark,” said Louw.

Nerene Kapp, who lives near the facility, has taken it upon herself to train a group of ten elderly community members at the gym.

“The elderly really enjoy this open-air gym and are happy about the fact that it is within walking distance and free to use. Even the school children come and exercise here on their way home from school. It is really heartwarming to see,” Kapp said.

The aim is that all sporting codes and schools also make use of these facilities, explained Varsvlei Sports Forum chairperson, Morné du Plessis.

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