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Breathing life back into the community through fitness

Thursday 1 April 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Local, National

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Breathing life back into the community through fitness
Gina Toa Daniel outside the Ngatangiia Clubhouse. 21032954

A Muri-based clubhouse is running activities and programmes dedicated to the wellbeing of the local community.

“To bring the community together in a place that is family orientated” is Gina Toa Daniel’s vision for the Ngatangiia Clubhouse.

Gina has devoted herself to the Muri-based clubhouse – the home of Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles – since the beginning of February this year.

Dedicated and passionately committed to the wellbeing of the community around her, she decided to take up the clubhouse as a project of her own with the faith that she could breathe life back into the community after the intrusion of Covid-19 in 2020.

Being the manager of the U19s Sea Eagles, she had always been very involved with fitness and the community, and saw this time free of tourists as an opportunity to enhance that spirit.

Gina wants to keep the community active and united through a range of different events and activities.

She has been able to really get the blood pumping within the community, shaking some life into the clubhouse by using it for a range of fitness programmes including, JAWS, Zumba, Boxfit, Aka uka, Ura Fitness, and Johnson’s Move-fit. “I want this to be a family orientated place, not just one that is centered around drinking,” says Gina.

She admired the way the community has come on board with her and become invested in their health and fitness over this period “where they really have the time to focus on it”.

Being involved with the clubhouse, Gina saw a lot of potential in the place, adding that the “breeze, the spacious open area, and that million dollar view of the ocean” adds to the appeal of it all.

She has noticed that when it comes to fitness classes, it is mainly women who are present, but she encourages both men and women to come along “as it is all part of that spirit of coming together as a family”.

Gina would also love to make the youth feel welcome. It is a safe space she wants to make feel like a home, where they can come and watch the (international) league which is screened live, play pool and ping pong or even just hang out and socialise together.

“All age groups and members of the community are welcome here.”

Nearly everything in the clubhouse has been donated by the community. This includes dart boards, a ping pong table, a pool table, and Sky TV, all donated and funded by different members of the community.

Gina is in awe of the support and generosity she has gained, saying everybody has been “overall very helpful and willing”.

“I have definitely not been alone in all this.”

This Saturday, Gina is organising a ‘Grand Easter Fun Day’ which she hopes to turn into an annual event.

At this event there will be scavenger hunts, bouncy castles, water games, sack races, and more family orientated activities.

It will be a gold coin donation and the proceeds will go towards supporting the Down Syndrome Association.

The clubhouse is available for these sorts of events, and that different members of the community may be able to come in and use it with the gains being donated to a different charity every time.

Gina’s proactiveness and passion to bring the community together is all aimed at the hope that by the time the tourists do arrive back on our shores, the Clubhouse will be buzzing with life and events ready to be shared with not only the local community but with visitors too.

Different events, activities and programmes are being organised from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and in the name of fitness and community wellbeing, all are welcome.