SUCCESS: Cass Schultz and Hamey Hayllor took part in their most successful Christmas challenge to date.
SUCCESS: Cass Schultz and Hamey Hayllor took part in their most successful Christmas challenge to date.

Meet the fitness fanatics making Christmas better for families in need

WITH the aim of spiking a competitive spirit during the Christmas season, Physical Fix’s Cass Schultz and Hamey Hayllor ran their seventh consecutive Christmas challenge last week.

But the week-long fitness venture wasn’t just a chance for people to get in shape during the holiday period.

It was also a way for the group to give back to those who need it the most at a time of year that can be a challenge for many families.

Thirty-five teams participated in the challenge, and were assigned a family from the Dalby Crisis Centre and St Vincent De Paul.

While going about their daily fitness activities, the teams also put together 38 Christmas hampers filled with food and presents for the families.

This was the largest donation the gym had seen in five years of working with the Crisis Centre and St Vinnies.

Hayllor said it was important for the community at the gym to give back to those in need and, in turn, to appreciate what they have.

“We’re a really community-based gym and fitness facility,” Hayllor said.

“Christmas is such a hard time for a lot of people, and we’re really blessed with our little bubble of people that keep turning up to our gym.

“It’s a really nice time for us to give back and for the greater good.”

The winners of the challenge were Patrick McVeigh and Ethan Crothers.

There was something new in store every day for the teams.

“Each session had a different point scheme, and every session had a different challenge,” Hayllor said.

From the pool to the streets of Dalby, participants were challenged in different ways throughout the whole week – providing variation after the set regimen and classes offered by the gym during the year.