Trainers put to the test to help Josh walk

HELPING JOSH: Personal trainers Corine Richards and Kathrine Haining hold Josh Owens, 3. Personal trainers will be put through their paces to raise funds for Josh, who has cerebral palsy.
HELPING JOSH: Personal trainers Corine Richards and Kathrine Haining hold Josh Owens, 3. Personal trainers will be put through their paces to raise funds for Josh, who has cerebral palsy. Claudia Baxter

JENNY Owens wants her son to walk for Christmas.

Her three-year-old boy Josh suffers from cerebral palsy and can't sit or walk without help.

He needs intensive, and expensive, physiotherapy to be able to fulfil that goal.

But Jenny's dream of helping her son has received a huge boost from members of Ipswich's personal trainer community.

Personal trainer Corine Richards will be running a train the trainers day tomorrow with money raised going to help Josh.

The day will let people pay $1 per repetition of an exercise performed by a personal trainer.

"It's a bit of a chance to get your own back on them," Ms Owens joked.

"Our dream is for Josh to walk for Christmas. We've had this amazing response from people and we're just so grateful."

The event started out as a way Ms Richards could help Josh by using their regular train the trainers day. But it's become much more.

To be held at the Hot Body Spot gym in Camira, the train the trainers day will also be raffling off training sessions with two world champions: kick boxer Ian Jacobs and body builder Tracey Guile.

"Jen and I were just chatting the other day and she was telling me about Josh," she said.

"We always pick a charity for our train the trainers day and I thought why don't we do what we can do help Josh? It's just so tough for them, surely we can help out.

"But it's got bigger and bigger now. I got in touch with Ian Jacobs and Tracey Guile and they agreed to donate a personal training session each to be raffled off.

"It's gone better than I thought it was ever going to ..."

Phone Jenny Owens on 0416 299 163 or Corine Richards on 0408 724 637.



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