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Katherine Times Wed 12 Mar 2014



Katherine Times Wed 12 Mar 2014


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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North Australian News for Katherine Times

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V.32 issue 9

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30 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MARCH 12, 2014 www.katherinetimes.com.au >> sport KATHERINE mother-of-three Kirsten Engels has won the inaugural Katherine Times Sporting Star of the Year award for her outstanding contribution to the Katherine sporting community. The humble police officer said she just about fell off the chair when her husband Rob broke the news about the award to her during a family holiday to Bali over Australia Day. I couldnt believe it, Mrs Engles said. Up until my 20s I didnt exercise at all, I smoked and drank a lot; I was very, very unmotivated. To receive a sporting award means a lot to me. From over 30 entries in the Katherine Times Sporting Star of the Week section Mrs Engels was selected as the winner of the inaugural award. Since moving to Katherine nearly three years ago, Mrs Engels has had a significant impact on the fitness and sport community across the region. When my family and I moved to Katherine I had planned to have a break from my job with the Queensland police - but after three months in Katherine I wanted to do something, so I started Katherine bootcamp. On the first night 48 people arrived - and I just about died when I saw all the people. I all went from there. Mrs Engels passion for fitness and encouragement for others have not only seen the establishment of a bootcamp community in the region, there are also new running groups, bodybuilders and an ever-growing Katherine team which competes in the annual Blood, Sweat and Fears outdoor challenge in Darwin every year. In my humble opinion fitness soared in the last few years in town, Mrs Engels said. Due to Mrs Engels contribution the fitness network in the region has not only grown, but has also placed Katherine on the map as sporting town - which is now being celebrated with the annual NT Sports Awards, which are being held in Katherine at the end of this month. But not only the sporting community has seen a huge benefit from Mrs Engels passion - the Katherine woman has also achieved several great goals in the last few years. In January 2012 Mrs Engels decided to compete in her very first bodybuilding championships - since, she has won several titles and is currently working towards the World Fitness Federation World Championships at the Gold Coast in November 2014. But it is her humble nature and the encouragement and support she shows towards others, that makes Mrs Engels a true sporting star. I am proud as punch about how everyone in Katherine is going - everyones doing such a fantastic job. Katherines Biggest Bootcamp Anyone interested in outdoor fitness can attend the free bootcamp at the Katherine town oval this Saturday, March 15, from 3pm. And information session for Darwins Blood, Sweat and Fears outdoor challenge will be held at the YMCA from 1pm, also this Saturday. For more information contact Peter Stewart on 0434 985 224. Proudly presented by the Kirsten Engels: SPORTING STAR of the year