KICK THE KILOS: Incredible effort brings Gympie victory
GYMPIE'S newly reinforced enthusiasm for fitness - facilitated by The Gympie Times cellfone Strava app and the APN Kick the Kilos campaign - has boosted fitness and self esteem across the region.
Despite the geographical advantage of flatness, boring old Bundaberg did not even come close to challenging Gympie's dominance of the friendly competition.
Not that most of us worked too hard at it.
Gympie people covered 233.3 metres a week on average over more than 48,000 people living in the region.
But among actual participants (as opposed to my sad efforts), people like Gaylene Johnston, Kaylene Farnham Cathy J carried more than their share of the load.
As their particular reward, they are now carrying much less of a load around with them every day.
Ms Johnston kicked 10kg by walking 1423kms in the 12 weeks of the competition (ending December 10), wearing out three pairs of runners and averaging well over 100km a week.
An awesome performance which she attributes to the fact that someone told her she might have trouble with it.
If it was someone from Bundaberg trying to break her spirit, they made a major tactical error.
"No-one tells me I can't do something," she said.
On a daily basis, Kaylene Farnham did the best, with 21.962km in that one day.
But even averaging it out over Gympie region residents, our 233.3m a week average easily beat Bundaberg's 161.6m.
And they easily put everyone else in the shade, from Mackay to Coffs Harbour and west to the Southern Downs.
All our neighbours seem to have opted to drive even to their own letterboxes, not even scoring 100m a week in some cases.
Fraser Coast residents walked 74.9m on average each week, the Sunshine Coast average was 81m and, saddest of all, Northern Rivers residents managed only 18.3m a week.