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Get healthy, Hobart

A POPULAR community program, Healthy Hobart, has been extended and will now run all year round.

Presented by the City of Hobart and Healthy Tasmania, Healthy Hobart is a free program of sport and exercise activities for people of all ages and abilities.

The new autumn/winter program will offer 51 free sessions designed to inspire people to get out and try new sports or hobbies including archery, dance, laser tag, orienteering, petanque, pickleball, yoga and quadball – a sport inspired by the fictional game of Quidditch from the popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.

Quadball organiser Hayden Reeve will be providing come-and-try taster sessions for the unique sport.

“Quadball is fast-paced and tactical with elements of netball, rugby, dodgeball and tag all rolled into one,” he said.

“It’s a fun way to stay active and make new friends.

“There are four unique positions to choose from, so there is a spot for everyone no matter what fitness level or previous experience you bring to the team.

“It’s a mixed gender sport and the quadball community is very welcoming and inclusive.”

City of Hobart Strategic Recreation Program Planner Kellie Williams said Healthy Hobart had delivered 256 separate sessions since January 2017, using more than 30 different community and commercial venues across the city.

“The total attendance for Healthy Hobart so far is 5863, and more than 34 unique local providers have been involved in delivering the sessions,” she said.

“In the past 12 months, children’s dance has been big winner, but Tai Chi also more than doubled in attendances and we are hopeful the autumn/winter program can have similar success.

“These free sessions are a great opportunity to try something completely new or return to a sport after a bit of a break.

“Getting out and active when the weather is a bit cooler is not only a great way to improve the body and the soul, but a chance to make new friends and leave behind the winter doldrums and have some fun.”

To sign up for the program visit hobartcity.com.au/healthyhobart

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