CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Taylor Kerwin, Ashley Jones, Toni Thomas and Kerrie Poulos dived into the challenge head first, and came out feeling better than ever.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Taylor Kerwin, Ashley Jones, Toni Thomas and Kerrie Poulos dived into the challenge head first, and came out feeling better than ever. Meg Gannon

Challenge participants race to victory

VENESSA Blight has managed to find the perfect balance of fitness and fun in her classes at DanZFit with Ness, and has only cemented this further with her own rendition of the Amazing Race.

Signifying the end of the six-week dance fitness challenge run by the studio, the Amazing Race aimed to make the six teams work hard for their points and prizes, but also to bring together a team of people who had worked tirelessly on their wellbeing for the last six weeks for a celebration of their achievements.

"Being fit and healthy can be fun,” Mrs Bligh said.

"I want to show people out there in the community that 'healthy' and 'fit' come in all different sizes and all different ages. You don't have to be skinny to be fit.”

For participant Toni Thomas, learning to feel good on the inside has been just as important as feeling good physically.

"Ness has run this challenge for the last six weeks and all the eating challenges have been really hard but it's something I have to do,” Ms Thomas said.

"It's really good and she really helps people.

"She's made me eat things that I don't normally eat but she just motivates you to keep going.”

It might not have been as extreme as the Amazing Race seen on TV, but the team at DanZFit by Ness were still keen on making their own Amazing Race a challenge for the competitors.

The teams were required to solve riddles that took them all around Dalby, and incorporated short but challenging fitness tasks.

It was important for Mrs Blight to incorporate both social and physical aspects when designing the challenges.

"We like to do a lot of social things with the girls here just to reaffirm that sense of community that we build around our classes and the studio,” she said.

Physical and mental wellness has always been a focus for Mrs Blight, who has suffered her own battles with chronic illness and depression.

"I started this (studio) to give myself somewhere to go, and found that Dalby is full of women who don't want to go to the gym, who have illnesses or conditions or injuries that limit them,” she said.

"We don't change our students to fit our classes, we change our classes to fit our students.

"Personally, it keeps my conditions and my illnesses at bay, and it helps me to inspire others and just show people that anything is possible with that right support.''


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