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Positive vibe makes CrossFit right place for teen

Emma Zawila loves working at CrossFit Gladstone because of its friendly atmosphere and many fundraising activities.
Emma Zawila loves working at CrossFit Gladstone because of its friendly atmosphere and many fundraising activities. Rebekah Smith

JUST walking into CrossFit Gladstone, with the music pumping and smiling faces, it's not hard to imagine the fitness centre becoming a favourite place for people in the community.

For 15-year-old Emma Zawila, it's the friendly atmosphere and generous nature of the gym that makes it her favourite place.

Emma has worked at CrossFit since September 2012 and said the gym did a lot of charity work and supported local community groups.

CrossFit Gladstone recently raised money to support the Paralympics.

Shelby Hill, Michael Sedgwick and Sarah Rukavina live and train in Rockhampton and are heavily involved in CrossFit CQ and CrossFit Gladstone.

With the support of the centre, the three athletes will represent Australia in the upcoming Paralympics.

"We like to help and support different charities," Emma said.

"We put a bucket on the end of the counter with a note explaining what it is going towards and everyone has been emptying out their loose change. It's been great."

"It's so much fun being here in general. I get to see a healthy lifestyle too."

Topics:  crossfit, fitness, gladstone, my special place



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