Ergon Energy has walked to victory in this year’s 10,000 Steps Burdekin Emergency Services Challenge.
Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Ergon Energy Stompers walked a total of 4,862,800 steps over the six-week challenge which was held May 7-June 18, 2012.
“A total of 29 staff members from Ergon Energy, Queensland Ambulance Services Home Hill, Queensland Ambulance Services Ayr and Marine Rescue Burdekin signed up for this year’s challenge,” he said.
“The teams were provided with pedometers and logged their steps every day. Ergon had 10 staff members sign up for the challenge.
“The winning team has earned a six-week fitness program with Simone from SLAM Fitness to continue with their good work.
“The highest individual stepper was Ian Kross of the Ergon Energy Stompers with a total of 954,460 steps over the six weeks and has earned him a $100 Sportfirst Gift Voucher.
“I would like to congratulate and thank all the participants in this challenge which aims to increase awareness of the 10,000 Steps Program and promote physical activity within the Burdekin Shire.”
Ergon Energy Area Operations Manager (Burdekin) Mark Biffanti congratulated the Ergon team from the Home Hill Depot on embracing the challenge to get fit.
“This sort of competition encourages staff well-being and kick starts their get-fit program,” he said.
“Winning this challenge will enable us to continue our fitness program.”
The Emergency Services 10,000 Steps Challenge was funded by Queensland Health’s “Swap It, Don’t Stop It” program and co-ordinated by the Burdekin Shire Council Be Active Advisory Committee as part of its charter to increase physical activity within the shire.