The Women’s TRY-athlon are WINNERS of the Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award, part of the 2016 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards!

This wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for you, the TRY-athletes! So thank you!

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We are a not-for-profit group with a mission to help women improve their health and fitness. We want to assist women to start exercising regularly, or to encourage those women who may be somewhat active to have an achievable goal to work towards by providing this TRY-athlon in our local community. The TRY-athlon and Fun Run/Walk is open to women of all ages over 18 and to all fitness levels. We understand that women are more likely to give up team sport, and are less likely to make time for themselves for regular, planned exercise due to the time restraints of motherhood. In addition we are aware that some of the associated costs involved with classes, coaching and sporting events (such as our own) can be a barrier preventing women from exercising. We aim to give women an achievable event to train for throughout the latter half of 2016 that is inclusive, encouraging, positive and fun. Our event is women only as we recognise the intimidation some women feel exercising and participating in sport that includes men. We also aim to keep the cost of our event as low as possible so that women from all socioeconomic demographs can participate. Circular Head has a population of approximately 8000 people – many women live in rural areas and are not able to attend training sessions, so there will be online support for them in the lead up to the TRY-athlon. Basically, we aim to break down as many barriers that we can that may prevent women from exercising regularly. Thanks to the generous support of our major sponsors in 2015 we have structures in place ready to hold an achievable, fun and exciting “Women’s TRY-athlon and Fun Run” event in 2016. We were overwhelmed with both the local community and state-wide support last year, with 180 women entering this event and many of these attending workshops and training. We hope to achieve this an more 2016. The dinner with Layne Beachley was a highlight and certainly helped to launched a successful inaugural year.


Toni Popowski

Toni Popowski

I have always been interested in exercise and sport, particularly through school. Eventually university, work and family started to get in the way of me making exercise a priority, although I have always managed to do something, whether it be a game of netball or a bushwalk. Last year after having Charlie at age 44, I felt that I was really ready to start a more structured exercise routine. This is when I joined Jess at Flex Physio. Over time I started feeling stronger and fitter and even started running (well shuffling!!) and swimming, something that I hadn’t done since high school. At the beginning of this year I was looking for a challenge and goal to work towards, and a conversation with Jess lead to the idea of this TRY-athlon. I am really looking forward to training, swapping tips and complaining about how sore I am with a great bunch of women. I want to bust some of my health and fitness goals and watch and encourage other women to do the same. I hope the TRY-athlon and all the supporting events are collaborative, educational but also just heaps of fun. I love a good laugh. And of course I am really looking forward to meeting Layne Beachley. I hope all women, regardless of age or fitness, want to have a go at this event. I can’t even begin to put into words how much exercise has helped me through the first year of Charlie’s life, both physically and mentally. I feel like I am a better Mum, partner and friend. Having strong, healthy women will have a profound positive effect on families and the community. Just go for it!!

Madison White

Madison White

Through my personal health and fitness journey I have come to appreciate the importance of living a happy and healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t until I started work in the health industry that I realised the amount of people within our community who are unwell due to lack of general health and fitness. Seeing this compelled me to make a difference in my own lifestyle habits and incorporate exercise into my daily routine to ensure I was doing all I could to be the healthiest and fittest version of myself possible. The change has been unreal. I have noticed a considerable increase in my energy, motivation and happiness. Holding a women’s TRY-athlon fun run/walk within our community will expose females of all ages to the endless opportunities exercise can offer. I want women to gain confidence through the TRY-athlon fun run/walk and realise that exercise can be non-threatening, inclusive, encouraging and loads of fun as I have discovered. Most of all I look forward to seeing women within our community achieving their Try-athlon fun run/walk training goals. Not only will the women participating in this event benefit personally but our community will also gain. Women who are active, healthy and happy have a huge impact in contributing to ensure our community is  positive, productive and resilient. I’m thrilled and excited to be a part of this event.


Sally Stanley

I don’t enjoy exercise, there I said it!! But, I do like being active, and I want to be healthy. I am a mother and now grandmother and this is probably what has motivated me the most to be healthy. I want to be here for my girls and my grandchild, hopefully more to come. After years of not doing any real activity, I tried the odd water aerobics class, I decided it was time to get information and training. So I approached Jess at Flex Physio because as I haven’t been active to any real degree for a while, and I was getting on in age a bit, it was important to me that I get the right information and not to hurt myself. Best decision I could have made! Jess was fantastic with making sure my technique was correct and I can now say I do love weight training, I feel stronger and healthier than I have been in years. I am now thinking of taking up bush walking as I don’t like just walking around the town, boring, but being in the bush with some obstacles is interesting and doesn’t feel like exercise. I participated in the TRY-athlon last year and was very happy with how I went. This year I would like to step up the training and set myself a challenge. I am excited to be part of the committee with these fantastic inspirational women who support each other to be the best we can be. I strongly encourage all women to take control of their own health and get stronger to help with all that life and getting older throws at us. Just TRY you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve!!


Claire Young

I was never going to do the TRY-athlon last year. I thought I might just have a go at the Fun Run part, but the fitter I got and the more I was encouraged by a pretty persistent person the more I thought I could do the TRY. One day after jogging 7 kms I thought “Yep, I can do this!!” and it went from there. We all just need that one persistent person or people in our lives. Leading up to the TRY I was extremely anxious but with the help of a fantastic bunch of people around me I got started and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I enjoyed it so much that the next day I signed up for the Devonport Tri-It. I have now done 4 triathlons and heaps of 5/10 km runs, which my family now join me in. Exercise and training has become an important part of our lives. I would never have done any of these if I hadn’t been encouraged to do the TRY in Stanley. I loved the event so much that I am now on the committee. I want to encourage as many other women, regardless of size, fitness or shape, to get involved. Exercise has done wonders for me both mentally and physically and it helps me function so much better on all levels. I want to women to believe in themselves and think that anything is possible if they give it a TRY.


Kathleen O’Connor

Improving my fitness and health has become an important part of my life over the last couple of years. During my school years, exercise was a big part of my life, I was always involved in sports at school but as school life transitioned into work and family life, including fitness into my daily life became harder and harder until it didn’t exist. This led to health issues developing. Getting back into exercise and combining this with healthier eating has helped me to not only lose weight but has helped immensely with my health issues as well as ease stress and help me to feel stronger. I am excited to be a part of the Womens Tryathlon team and look forward to supporting women to improve their health and fitness.

Previous committee members


Jess Maguire

Jessica Maguire

I have had the pleasure of helping many women improve their health and fitness in the Circular Head community through my Physiotherapy practice, Flex Physio. As a Physio I believe that exercise is medicine – if there was a drug that could improve strength and endurance, give healthy bones and muscles, help to control weight, reduce anxiety and stress, increase self esteem, improve concentration and attention, improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improve academic performance I’m sure we’d all take it often! Exercise provides all of these benefits and more. I’ve watched many clients set fitness goals and then go about achieving them – throughout their journey there’s an obvious physical transformation on the outside, but more importantly there is an increase in self-esteem and a belief that other goals can be achieved to for a more enriched and fulfilled life all round! A similar event originially took place in March 2013 for a small group of Flex clients – it’s always been a goal for me to provide this event to a broad range of women Tasmania wide.

Kate Cross

Kate Cross

Having studied various modes of health and worked within the allied health and health promotion industries I have tried heaps of wild and wonderful things to progress my health. I have modified my diet, improved my mental health; developed my spiritual health and fostered healthy relationships. Whilst I have always felt better after some physical activity and enjoy a regular morning walk, I have rarely participated in any structured or goal oriented exercise program and seldom push myself to undertake strenuous activity or weight bearing exercises. As a single working mum, I have found it very difficult to give myself permission to exercise. Between fatigue, competing demands on my time and the guilt of leaving my child alone I have pushed physical activity down the priority list. I know so many others that have this experience too. Having stumbled upon this quote, I feel more determined than ever to increase my fitness: “Low fitness is the strongest predictor of death.” These are the main reasons I have joined the Women’s TRY-Athlon committee. I can feel myself get more unfit as I get older. It makes sense that if I exercise I will live a longer healthier life. It makes even more sense that it will help a whole bunch of women just like me too. I am really looking forward to joining with women from our community and beyond to develop some great lifelong habits, increase our physical activity, reduce our risk of chronic disease, lengthen our lives, model good habits to our children and generally have a heap of fun.

Lisa Fraser

Lisa Fraser

I am a 42 year old married Mother of 3 and have recently become a proud Grandmother for the first time. My hobbies include spending time with my family, gardening, enjoying good food & wine and exercise!!! Exercise is a huge part of my life, or as my husband would say it is my passion. I love running, walking, swimming & lifting weights. Not only does exercise make my body feel strong and healthy on the outside but it keeps my mind healthy too. If I have had a stressful day a brisk walk or swim instantly makes me feel better. For the last seven years I have worked in the Aquatic Industry as a Lifeguard, Swim Teacher &  Aquafit Instructor. My job has allowed my passion for swimming and keeping fit to help others realise the importance of keeping active. I feel happy and proud when I see someone become stronger, walk taller and have more confidence. I am looking forward to keeping my fitness up over the winter period in preparation for the TRY-Athlon and hope lots of other ladies are feeling the same. Wouldn’t it be great to see hundreds of women of all ages & abilities having a go at the TRY-Athlon, having fun, supporting each other and staying fit!

Jenny Brazier

Jenny Brazier

While losing weight and looking good is important my main motivation for attending the Flex Physio classes was to get fitter and stronger. I was always suffering from niggling pains, especially with regard to lower back pain and sore legs. I have been attending Flex Physio for just over two years and have noticed a remarkable change in my body in terms of movement and strength. At 55 years of age, I feel better than I did at 45! Lower back pain has virtually gone and I am so much stronger and confident in myself. This year, I completed a 9 day white water rafting trip down the Franklin River. I would never have considered this a few years ago. I have taken up bushwalking again and am quite happy carrying a large pack around. As an added bonus, I have shaped up and am fitting in clothes a size smaller. All in all… Life is good. I was therefore honoured to be invited to assist with the Women’s TRY-Athlon Fun Run/Walk as it will be a fun and supportive way for women of all ages and walks of life to get active.