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Blackfit brings message of health and wellbeing to Bre kids


Trainer John Toole-Thurston (sitting 2nd from left) with the kids taking part in the Blackfit program – standing l-r: Charles Hardy, Joe Shillingsworth, William Peters, James Shillingsworth, Deaken Boney Jnr and Kiah French. Middle row l-r: Nyleigh Frail, Josh Toole-Thurston, Benson Barker, Derek Eyre, Brandon Hardy, Charlie Sue Shillingsworth, Taloulah Moore, Phoenix Moore and Lewis Barker. Front: Sharee Morris. Photo TWH

For the first time, the Blackfit holiday program headed to Brewarrina, offering a full day of skills and drills, art, and life skills to youngsters in the community.

Blackfit is an innovative, equal opportunity fitness organisation founded by former Bourke resident, Josh Toole-Thurston.

Josh set high ideals for his fitness business after seeing a gap in the market for young Indigenous people in remote communities.

Since launching online in 2016, Josh has established a thriving business, based in Newcastle, and contracted to numerous schools, the NDIS, and other organisations.

However, delivering the health and fitness message to his own mob in Bourke and Brewarrina has always been a high priority.

On Friday July 14, he ran his first Blackfit holiday program in Brewarrina at the invitation of the Local Aboriginal Lands Council, with great success.

“We started the day with some skills and drills for Oz tag and league, with some competitions at the end of the day and plenty of prizes,” Josh said. […]

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