After nearly 40 years living in the Narooma neighborhood, Kerry Markham, a fitness instructor and visitor center worker, walks away, leaving many sad people behind.
Ms Markham decided to move to the Albury area to be closer to her family and the decision to leave Narooma and the coast after all these years was very difficult.
In addition to her twice weekly low impact aqua aerobics and Aging with Attitude classes on dry land at Narooma Pool, she has also worked at the Narooma Tourist Information Center for the past 21 years.
âI loved every minute of it and loved the people so much,â Ms. Markham said. âIt has been so humbling and rewarding because it is such a friendly community that I feel blessed to have lived and worked here for so long. I have shed a lot of tears since I decided to leave.
we will miss her
Participants in her fitness classes like Jenny Halliday from Bermagui will be sorely missed. Ms. Halliday joined her aqua aerobics class just a few years after she started in 1993.
âAbsolutely, we will miss her,â Ms. Halliday said. âShe is so sweet and such a lovely teacher who gives us something different every time. It makes us move forward.
Heather May of Narooma is a newcomer to her fitness classes who enjoys doing both her land and water diets.
âI’ve only been coming for a year for her water aerobics class, but I accepted like a duck takes water,â Ms. May said. âNow I also do land aerobics and it has changed my life. I’m so much healthier and it’s all thanks to Kerry’s motivation and her wonderful spirit.
An example of this spirit was when the Narooma Pool recently closed for refurbishment, Ms Markham took her entire aqua aerobics class to the Bar Beach pool area where participants joined local seals for their weekly aquatic exercise.
The early years
Kerry Markham and her family moved to Dignam’s Creek in 1978, around the time of her son’s birth, but a drought soon after forced them to move to the town of Narooma where she has lived ever since.
In the early 1980s, aerobics and fitness classes were new to Australians, and she remembers how an American, Mary Croucher, first brought high-impact fitness classes to town, Jane-style. Fonda, leotards and everything.
These classes were offered to the community at the Narooma High School auditorium and local GP Jenny Wray was also involved until Kerry took over 35 years ago.
In the years that followed, she was based at the Narooma Surf Lifesaving Club and the style of fitness classes evolved into more low impact and suitable for older people.
âI introduced step aerobics which we called ‘Kezastep’ and later the ‘Kidz Fitness’ classes and even the ‘Aerobox’ classes,” she said. âI worked with physiotherapists to do rehabilitation and put their clients in the water. I also teach low impact general fitness at IRT Dalmeny.
Around 1993, she started offering aqua aerobics classes at Narooma Pool, and she believes these are the first of their kind in Eurobodalla County. She also offered water-based fitness classes at the Cobargo Pool in which many Bermagui residents participated.
Her fitness students are hosting a special farewell lunch for Kerry at Club Narooma on Friday June 30 starting at 11:30 am with a video of her classes. Regardless, those who have attended her fitness classes or worked with her at the Visitor Center over the years are encouraged to attend.
The Narooma Pool will also be closed on Friday June 30 for the official handover from current YMCA operators to new Community Aquatics owners. Click here for more
Ms Markham was able to ask local fitness instructor Gary Hart to take charge of her ‘Aging with Attitude’ fitness classes at Narooma Pool, as she hopes the new management of Narooma Pool will continue to offer. aquagym lessons. . Local instructor Nancy Casu is also continuing her fitness classes.
In the meantime, she looks forward to moving to Albury where her daughter and brother live and where she has already purchased a house with a saltwater pool, to sweeten her remoteness from the coast.
âI will be back to visit all my friends and go swimming in the sea which I will miss very much,â she said.