Grant to improve Nimbin health

A NEW Nimbin gym set up by former rugby league player Wayne Cuthbertson is on the verge of receiving a significant Federal grant to assist community members improve their health and lifestyles.

“The funding is still being finalised, but we’ve met all the criteria and hope it will come through in the next couple of weeks,” Mr Cuthbertson said.

The popular local personal trainer is qualified to provide instruction in fitness, rehabilitation, exercise, nutrition and sports training.

The gym is already operating three mornings a week with borrowed equipment.

“The guys at the Nimbin Emporium generously lent us the gear to get started,” he said.

Initiated in conjunction with the Northern Rivers Department of Rural Health and the personal help of Dr Sue Page, Mr Cuthbertson is also working closely with indigenous elders to assist Bundjalung boys and young men – an issue close to Mr Cuthbertson’s heart.

“I come from rugby league which gave me the opportunity to build up my self-esteem,” he said.

“It gave me a job and made me a lot of friends to keep me from going off the track – and health and fitness was a big part of that.”

While Mr Cuthbertson is particularly passionate about assisting youth, he stressed the gym was for the whole community, with programs aimed to assist everyone from diabetics trying to lose weight to overseeing the rehabilitation of elderly people dealing with hip replacements and the like – all for just a gold coin donation.

“Once the new equipment arrives and we’re fully running we will also have theassistance of general practitioners, physiotherapists and psychologists,” he said.

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