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YMCA in good shape

Monday, 20th January, 2020

YMCA instructors and participants of the Body Attack class celebrate the centre’s first birthday on Saturday. PICTURE: Michael Murphy YMCA instructors and participants of the Body Attack class celebrate the centre’s first birthday on Saturday. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

The first year of the YMCA Broken Hill’s Integrated Wellness Centre has been an outstanding success.

The centre has celebrated its first year of operation after a clever redevelopment transformed the existing site into a modern facility with a wide range of services the whole community can enjoy.

And the community has responded, with more than 185,400 visits through the turnstiles in the past 12 months.

Manager Jacinta Simmons was ecstatic with how well it was travelling, but was quick to heap credit where it’s due.

“This centre would not have been possible without the support of the NSW Government, our former manager Shane Simmons and former YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart,” said Jacinta, who took over the helm from Shane.

She said the centre had exceeded all expectations. When the project was in its infancy, they had discussed scenarios of it operating at a loss, or just breaking even.

But Jacinta said it had performed so well, the YMCA had been able to sink a further $50,000 into it since it has opened, including lots of new equipment and more support for the 60 staff that work there.

“I am super proud of our staff,” she said. “I’ve got the easy job sitting behind a computer, but they are out there ... it’s a credit to them.”

Jacinta said she was equally proud that every part of the facility was continually used by the community.

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