Active April Smashes Record Books In 2019

From Donvale to Dunolly, a record 130,211 Victorians of all ages and abilities took the pledge to ramp up their level of fitness and physical activity in the 2019 Premier’s Active April.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today congratulated everyone who had signed up to the Premier’s Active April and spread the word on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

A range of high-profile Victorians participated in the challenge, including AFLW stars Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio, Western Bulldogs premiership player Liam Picken and wife Annie Nolan, Vixens netballer Kate Moloney, Paralympian Jess Gallagher and news personality and Premier’s Active April legend Peter Hitchener.

Participants this year had access through an app to the Get Active Workouts video series, which features 30 different 10-minute workout ideas to inspire and motivate participants of all ages and abilities.

A record 1761 Victorian schools and 854 Victorian workplaces registered as teams, exercising daily by walking to school, riding to work or visiting the gym during their lunch breaks.

The most active local government areas were the City of Casey, City of Boroondara, City of Ballarat, Moreland City Council and City of Monash.

When it came to schools, the best performers were Springside P-9 College in Caroline Springs, Emerson School in Dandenong, Ringwood Secondary College, Tarneit P-9 College and Mount St Joseph Girls’ College in Altona North.

Workplaces with the most active employees were Western Health Sunshine, Western Health Footscray, Ballarat Health Services, Kyabram District Health Service, West Gippsland Healthcare Group and Echuca Regional Health.

With more than 80,000 women registered, females once again well and truly outdid their male counterparts, making up 60 per cent of participants.

For more information on Active April and a range of resources for schools, workplaces, families and individuals, visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au, or join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

“Active April has been an outstanding success and I want to congratulate everyone who got involved and I challenge even more Victorians to step it up and keep up the good work in May and beyond.”

“I’m delighted to see record numbers of Victorians lead from the front, get out there and inspire the people around them to tap in to all of the benefits of getting active and healthy.”