A year into running, spin, core and step classes has a group of grass roots fitness buffs transforming their lives.
IronMaori Ki Hawera Whanau Training and Support was formed to create a family-based, non-judgmental environment to support all levels,
Each member is supported in achieving their own goals while aiming
Many of its members have already competed in the triathlon-based event, with 65 going to race in the quarter IronMaori in Napier and eight preparing for Ironmam NZ.
Now they are sharing their stories, in a partnership with the Taranaki Star, to help inspire others to get off the couch and get fit.
When Debbie Ngarewa-Packer looks back she recalls spending much of
“I did my Masters off-shore when my youngest was six months old, so
Participating in IronMaori was the event that really bought about awareness for her.
“I think because I am social by nature I gravitate towards
“After participating in a few IronMaori events I went over to IronMaori Kahungunu and saw first-hand the benefits of group training at their IronMaori Gym and the positive impact it was having on whanau that needed it most.”
Ngarewa-Packer returned home, approached
“There is nothing more gratifying than seeing people transform
Training became her
“I met up with a great bunch of people who became Whanau and together we achieved goals.”
At a personal level, the best part of this whole journey for Ngarewa-Packer is seeing her daughters, whanau, staff
“I guess I first started this training journey thinking this will be my way to lose weight. But in reality I found myself and a whole new group of wonderful people. After years of giving to everyone else first and putting others opinions of my life first – I’ve now learnt to like myself and Strive for balance.”
Her advice is: life is too short, be true to yourself and have the courage to live how you want to; it’s worth it.