Perth Wildcats basketball vice-captain Greg Hire and West Coast Fever netball star Courtney Bruce are fighting it out for fitness every day during September.
Greg, 28, of Edgewater and Courtney, 22, of Tuart Hill have taken up the Lavan Legal Fit30 for Youth Focus challenge to exercise 30 minutes a day every day during September and raise funds for Youth Focus.
Both sports legends are Ambassadors for Youth Focus which works to prevent suicide in young people.
“When I started as an Ambassador four years ago, the emphasis was on breaking down the stigma around mental health,” Courtney said.
“Now there is more a focus on talking about mental health issues, including in the netball world.”
Greg agreed saying the focus had also changed to prevention and education.
“The Lavan Legal Fit 30 challenge is a fantastic concept as there is such an important link between mental health and physical health,” he said.
“It is also important that the challenge will enable people to raise funds for counselling services and programs which are integral to the development of vulnerable kids.”
Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf said the involvement of the two sports’ stars was valuable for fostering robust discussions about youth mental health.
“One person dies every day from suicide in Australia with one person under 25 dying every week,” Ms Kalaf said.
“Every year, Youth Focus helps about 2,000 young Western Australians address issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts and we need community support for these life-saving vital services to continue.”
Courtney said the Fit30 challenge would involve a bit of “friendly rivalry” between her and Greg but this type of “rivalry” was positive.
“With Fit30, people should challenge each other and see who can become the fittest and the strongest in 30 days,” she said.
“And of course, everyone knows that netballers are fitter and stronger than basketballers…”
As the Fever are in the off-season, Courtney plans to run, row and take up yoga pilates for her challenge as well as raising more than $1000.
Greg is in mid-season training and will also do yoga to “connect the body with the mind” and whatever Courtney raises, “I will raise a dollar more.”
“And the Wildcats have won more premierships than Fever so that says something,” he said.
To mark the first day of the Lavan Legal Fit30, Youth Focus is calling on all Western Australians to put on exercise gear for ACTIVEWEAR to WORK DAY which aims to raise awareness of physical health, mental health and overall wellbeing in the workplace.
Register for the 30 day challenge or donate to the Youth Focus team at https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/2016LavanLegalFit30forYouthFocus and join in the inaugural Activewear to Work Day on Thursday, September 1.
Youth Focus Ambassadors West Coast Fever star Courtney Bruce (left) and Perth Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire have taken up the challenge of getting fit for 30 minutes a day and raising funds during the Lavan Legal Fit30 for Youth Focus in September. They are pictured with Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf.