Youth taught healthy habits

Shannon BochenekManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Tahlia Simpson, 6, and Jessica Muir, 5, bust a move on Saturday.
Camera IconTahlia Simpson, 6, and Jessica Muir, 5, bust a move on Saturday.

THE Drug Aware Breakfree 2 program hit the Manjimup Town Hall between June 14 and 16 with three days of fun and fitness provided by project leader Jayne Lee and her team.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday programs saw youth from around the region learn urban, hip hop, acro, and jazz dance.

Friday’s program saw a keen group enjoy a drama and musical theatre session which was followed by a mixed dance class that attracted older teens.

Saturday kicked off with a strength, agility and stamina session and the weekend was completed with a freestyle dance session from 3pm.

Program facilitator Trent Garrett said it was important to connect with youth and ensure there was a strong message conveyed about drug awareness and good health.

Admittedly “caught in the wrong crowd” for some of his life, Mr Garrett said good foundations in his youth had helped him to get clean and learn to enjoy life through sport, arts and health and he hoped the breakfree program could help to provide that to the region’s youth.

Jorja Forsman, 12, shows off some acrobatics with project leader Jayne Lee, facilitator Trent Garrett, Ella Simpson, 9, front left, Lavinia Ockwell, 9, Jessica Muir, 5, Tahlia Simpson, 6, and Lachy Rowell, 13.
Camera IconJorja Forsman, 12, shows off some acrobatics with project leader Jayne Lee, facilitator Trent Garrett, Ella Simpson, 9, front left, Lavinia Ockwell, 9, Jessica Muir, 5, Tahlia Simpson, 6, and Lachy Rowell, 13.
Emilia Prosser, 8, Holly Blechynden, 13, Jorja Forsman,12 and Sophie Mathieson,10, (front) with Breakfree 2 project leader Jayne Lee, public speaker and facilitator Trent Garrett, Enya MacDonald,15, Savannah Ashworth ,15, and youth coordinator Brooke Thomas, 17 (back).
Camera IconEmilia Prosser, 8, Holly Blechynden, 13, Jorja Forsman,12 and Sophie Mathieson,10, (front) with Breakfree 2 project leader Jayne Lee, public speaker and facilitator Trent Garrett, Enya MacDonald,15, Savannah Ashworth ,15, and youth coordinator Brooke Thomas, 17 (back).
Sophie Mathieson, 10, Emilia Prosser, 8, and Holly Blechynden, 13, practiced their voice skills on Friday afternoon.
Camera IconSophie Mathieson, 10, Emilia Prosser, 8, and Holly Blechynden, 13, practiced their voice skills on Friday afternoon.
Tahlia Simpson, 6, gets airborne at the strength, agility and stamina session on Saturday morning.
Camera IconTahlia Simpson, 6, gets airborne at the strength, agility and stamina session on Saturday morning.
Ella Simpson, 9, and Lavinia Ockwell,9, are all smiles at Breakfree 2 on Saturday.
Camera IconElla Simpson, 9, and Lavinia Ockwell,9, are all smiles at Breakfree 2 on Saturday.
Trent Garrett trains with Lachy Rowell,13.
Camera IconTrent Garrett trains with Lachy Rowell,13.

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