Trainer Larry McCulloch (left) with (front to back) Jane White, Cassandra Jackson, Donna Appelman, Leann Dakin and Paul Dakin who will all participate in Ipswich’s Greatest Loser where all funds going to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
Trainer Larry McCulloch (left) with (front to back) Jane White, Cassandra Jackson, Donna Appelman, Leann Dakin and Paul Dakin who will all participate in Ipswich’s Greatest Loser where all funds going to the Ipswich Flood Appeal. Sarah Harvey

Weight loss warriors start journey

WHILE weight loss “journeys” are common place on our TV screens, an Ipswich personal trainer has encouraged people to take their own.

Proceeds from Ipswich’s Greatest Loser will benefit the Ipswich Flood Appeal.

Fit Room personal trainer Larry McCulloch said he had been inspired by television weight loss show The Biggest Loser to hold a competition of his own.

“I always wanted to do a big competition like that so local people can feel like they have taken the same journey,” Mr McCulloch said.

“Ipswich was labelled the fattest town last year; this is a chance to change that.

“I want it to become a yearly event so people know as soon as they see The Biggest Loser start they can take part in their own challenge.”

Mr McCulloch said to date 40 people had registered to take part, ranging in age from 16 through to 58.

He said the heaviest participant weighed in at 140kg, while the lightest was 57kg.

Mr McCulloch said the contest would be a 12-week challenge, and the overall winner would receive more than $1000 in prizes.

He said the program would include nutritional guidance and weekly fitness sessions, and participants were also welcome to participate in boot camps and additional training sessions.

Among those signing up is 54-year-old East Ipswich resident Leann Dakin.

Mrs Dakin said while she wanted to look good for her younger son’s wedding in February next year, helping locals affected by the floods was the big incentive.

“I think it is really important if we can help everyone, starting with our own community,” she said.

“I know so many people whose home has been damaged by floods.

“This is a good way to help.”

For Donna Appelman, the challenge is all about setting an example for her nine-year-old daughter Lily. My daughter needs an active mum,” she said.

The challenge began at the Amberley State School on February 5 with an introduction and training day

To sign up to Ipswich’s Greatest Loser visit the web page: www.ipswichgreatestloser.com



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