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Staff step up in sporting challenge

More than 400,000 students from 1,600 schools are taking part in this year's NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge.

Rebecca West and students walking

Rebecca West walking with students to clock up steps for the Premier’s Sporting Challenge.

The challenge encourages students and staff to lead active lifestyles, promoting sport and physical activity. Over a 10-week period, students and staff record and track their physical activity as they aim to become more active, more often.

This year more than 10,000 department staff, including teachers, school and corporate staff have also registered to take part in the Staff Challenge.

And it's not too late to register before the start of Term 3.

Staff have been encouraged by the participation of Mark Scott, Secretary, and Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance. The senior leaders have taken up the challenge and are going head-to-head, each with a team of 33 staff from schools and corporate locations across the state, to see who can clock up the most steps over 10 weeks.

Rebecca West, assistant principal at Bonnyrigg Public School, has joined Team Dizdar which has become a great source of motivation to keep active every day.

“I didn’t realise how long I was sitting still until I started wearing the pedometer and tracking my steps,” she said.

"It has been a true eye-opener in making me realise that my health and fitness need to be a priority.”

All of the students and teachers at Bonnyrigg Public School are registered to take part in the challenge.

Schools and staff thinking about joining the challenge should try to incorporate it into regular activities during the day and set aside some time to help motivate each other to stay on track.

"Get some handball games going at lunch, start a walking group or take some kids out to weed the gardens. It's all beneficial and easy to do when you collaborate," Mrs West said.

"The Premier's Sporting Challenge has made it fun to keep fit and active throughout the day."

Visit the NSW Premier's Sporting Challenge website for more information.

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