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Latest news from Strength for Life - 23 February 2024

23 February 24

The Strength for Life community continues to grow, reaching more people and making a difference to the lives of thousands of older South Australians. Read the latest news, information, community updates and how Strength for Life continues going from strength to strength!

Celebrating with Strength for Life

This month, in celebration of their anniversary on 1 February, Strength for Life participant Helen walked the plank to join her Bosu-balancing husband of 60 years, Gil - congratulations to them both!

The happy couple attend The Valleys Lifestyle Centre in the beautiful Clare Valley, and say they love the healthy lifestyle and socialisation of Strength for Life. They joined the Centre just a few weeks after it opened in 2007, and Helen says she enjoys keeping her body moving, especially through two hip operations.

Football South Australia announces collaboration with COTA SA

COTA SA CEO Miranda Starke says, "We are thrilled that Football SA has come on board and that their new facility, ServiceFM Stadium, is now one of 107 venues across the state that offers this program to the community. Strength for Life continues to grow and adapt to the needs of all older South Australians."

Strength for Life fitness sessions will start at the ServiceFM Stadium early March. Read more, watch the introductory video and learn how to enrol on the Football SA Website

Governor's Multicultural Awards Finalist

We're thrilled to share that our Strength for Life (SFL) program is among the finalists for the 2023 Governor’s Multicultural Awards! This is wonderful recognition for our work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community groups across SA to engage older people in strength and balance training that is tailored to their cultural and linguistic needs.

Pictured is our Cultural Diversity Officer, Clara, who is herself proud to be one of the many CALD participants who have participated in SFL.

For more information about how your culturally diverse community group can get involved, call Clara on 08 8232 0422 or email

Morella Community Centre Joins the Strength for Life Family!

A warm welcome to the intercultural women’s group who participated in the first Strength for Life session at Morella Community Centre! It was wonderful to see it all come together and to witness the women really enjoying the session!

Special thanks to Alison Davies, Teena Anish and Kate Simpkin from Morella as well as to Melissa Bridges, Strength for Life instructor, for her amazing dedication and expertise.

Falls Prevention at WEA

COTA SA was pleased with the enthusiasm from the attendees at the Falls Prevention Seminar this week at WEA. Thank you to Marinus and Elaine for sharing their extensive knowledge around Falls and exercises to keep you strong and balanced.

Spaces are still available in the upcoming 4-week Better Balance program at WEA commencing Wednesday 6 March. Book in here: WEA South Australia - Better Balance Program

Strength for Life presentation at The Marche Club

Clara Tait, Cultural Diversity Officer, had the wonderful opportunity to introduce Strength for Life to a large Italian group at the Marche Club in Paradise where 200 people enjoyed a social gathering over lunch.

Many thanks to Cathy Papandrea, Manager for hosting this event and for the invitation as well as to Ernie Sorgini, Italian speaking interpreter who assisted on the day.

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