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Trying a new challenge, or daring to go to a new event when you don’t know anybody .....FEAR can stop us from trying new things and experiences. Fear shows up in many ways including procrastination, anxiety, reclusiveness or just plain avoidance. When it comes to adventure, our hope is to help women ease gently into something new in the outdoors.
We asked our good friend and coach Rowena Hardy from Minds Aligned to talk to us about what we can do to reduce our fears and help us take action on something we have always wanted to.
Melissa Maddison-Stanton introduced us to the wonderful world of women's only mountain biking in Mackay.
Not even her early morning rises for her job as the head of news at a local radio station curbs her enthusiasm or love of getting outdoors on two wheels. Now the mother of two is testing her skills on the mountain bike track and trying her hand at racing. We asked Mel about her adventure journey and to give some tips for anyone wanting to try their hand on a bike.
This film festival is a great way of stimulating interest in adventure sports and discovering what opportunities are available in our region.
It’s also about helping to break down some of the barriers that often prevent women from entering or re-entering exercise or taking part in sports
Approach Adventure in association with Harrup Park Country Club and BOQ Mackay City is proud to be bringing The No Man's Land Film Festival to Mackay. This is the first time this exciting festival is being shown in Australia.
Join us for a night under the stars with great food, wine and friends to watch this selection of short films featuring women from ages 6 to 90 inspiring us with their heart-centred stories of exploration, adventure and friendship.
We love the concept of 5km charity fun run/walk and they are definitely best enjoyed with a friend – even if you can’t run the full 5km, lots of people (including us) come along to run a bit - walk a bit, just to be part of the great atmosphere fun runs create.
Adventure races are a fabulous way to get outdoors in nature, meet new people and have a great time, but for many of us, it is daunting to enter a race and compete against seasoned athletes when we are just starting out. Luckily there are a lot of events on the local race calendar which cater for those who haven’t exercised in a while or want to have a go at something new.
I met Liz Nash at the Zach Mack Adventure race – a five year old and exciting adventure race spanning 80kms and incorporating mountain bike, kayak, trail run and road cycle through the pristine Pioneer Valley in the Mackay region in Queensland. Liz was one part of a two woman team and was completing the 12 km trail run and 30km road cycle in succession.
As a young career woman I always prioritised exercise, I had a steady gym habit that left me feeling amazing. There were times when work demands or my health saw my commitment to my beloved gym drop off, but when I was ready to jump back on that train I would find myself fitting back into the gym life in no time. The light burn of my muscles being pushed to their limits, the hardening of my body, the feeling of breathing in air until my lungs could almost burst and the fast tapping of my heart reminding me that I was truly alive! But the part that I loved the most was the sense of achievement in committing time to doing something purely for myself.