Adaptive Workout Equipment, Paving The Way For Better Access To Auckland Gyms For Disabled People

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A new pilot programme called Gym Spaces aims to make
fitness centres around Auckland more accessible to disabled
people with new adaptive gym equipment.

After
reviewing many community and private gyms in Auckland, Laura
Fergusson Trust Incorporated (LFT Auckland), supported by a
grant from the Perpetual Guardian Trust, chose to partner
with the YMCA Lynfield in Mount Roskill to provide them with
four pieces of adaptive equipment that disabled gymgoers can
use.

Yesterday, the equipment was officially unveiled
by representatives from LFT Auckland, YMCA North and the
disability community.

Paul Bath, who lives with a
disability, had the opportunity to put the equipment to the
test following the formalities.

“It’s been awesome
to try the new equipment today. It’s important for gyms to
have adaptive equipment because it means that disabled
people like my wife and me can get back into doing things
that are important to us, like keeping active, and to be
able to do that somewhere that’s close to us and in the
community is fantastic,” says Mr Bath.

The YMCA
Lynfield will be hosting an open day on Thursday, 6 October,
so the disability community can try the equipment for
themselves and meet the gym team, who are specially trained
on how to use it.

Heather McLeish from LFT Auckland
has been a key driver behind the Gym Spaces programme,
wanting to ensure that disabled people have better access to
public spaces and facilities in their local
communities.

“It is important to us that disabled
people can choose where they want to go and what they want
to do to keep active, just like non-disabled people. The Gym
Spaces programme is a way for us to help provide options for
disabled people in their communities that they can use when
and where it suits them,” says McLeish.

Julian
Baldey, YMCA North CEO, said they are thrilled to be a part
of the pilot programme and are looking forward to welcoming
more disabled patrons to the Lynfield gym.

“We are
delighted to be partnering with LFT Auckland in order to
increase our existing facilities for disabled gymgoers
across our network and look forward to future opportunities
to further support our community,” says Baldey.

LFT
Auckland plans to support the expansion of the Gym Spaces
programme into other gyms following a review of the pilot’s
success at the YMCA
Lynfield.

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