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Kirsty, a Water Warrior

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Kirsty, a Water Warrior


In Kirsty’s words:


The first time that I heard about Metaqua was years ago. I saw an ad on Facebook and thought that it would be a good thing to do to to lose weight and the low impact factor of being in water made me send Amanda a message.

Getting into the water was nerve wrecking the first time. Being a larger person the thought of getting in the pool in front of people I didn't know was scary. My fears were baseless as everyone was super supportive of each other. Being in the pool in the early morning (I do 6am sessions) is amazing and sets your day up beautifully.


I have always loved swimming and water, but life gets busy and being unhealthy made me very self-conscious about getting into the pool. I've grown a lot more confident since coming back to Metaqua last year.


I have lived in Stanthorpe for over 10 years, but I am a born and bred Brisbane girl. We moved here due to work commitments. I'll give the answer I give the kids I work with when they ask how old I am ...35ish lol 


I tell anybody about this program. I say give it a go and you won't be disappointed! It's not just putting on flippers and doing laps. There are different exercises that can be tweaked for all fitness levels. The Metaqua community Amanda has built covers all ages and everybody is happy and supportive.  


I was so unfit when I first started but I can feel already the difference in my health. Being part of a supportive group of swimmers, has helped me be brave enough to join the gym this year and set new fitness goals. It felt intimidating to walk into a gym full of fit people, but everybody is there for themselves and not watching what anybody else is doing.


Not every day is easy, but on those days, I personally make myself get up and go even more as it's needed the most. Especially if it's been a hard, stressful week with life, kids, work etc and getting in the water is super helpful for recovery when the muscles have been worked hard in the gym the day before.”


The Water Warrior Project is a joint project of inspiration between Amanda, Metaqua Instructor from @swimminginthefield, and me.

Portrait of a lady in the swimming pool


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