Hula is happening in Castlemaine and Maldon

Castlemaine circus trainer and performer Nicola Hall and CHIRP's Julie Gittus, project worker with 'Move It', warm up for a special upcoming series of hula-hooping classes for over 65s. Photo: Eve Lamb

If you thought you were too old to take up hula hooping – think again!
A new series of hula hoop classes soon to be delivered at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and Maldon public gardens aims to get locals aged 65 and over up and hoollering.
Or should that be hooping?
Either way it’s hoped the new series of taster classes being delivered through Castlemaine District Community Health (CHIRP) will become a regular weekly thing running right through to March.
“These hula hoop sessions are a taster and are free, with funding through the federal government’s Move It project aimed at people 65 and over,” project worker with Move It, CHIRP’s Julie Gittus says.
The first sessions are set for Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, November 26 and on Thursday December 3 – and at the Maldon Gardens on Tuesday December 1.
Leading the classes is Castlemaine circus trainer and performer Nicola Hall who says those who get along can expect a lot of fun – and plenty of music is involved.
“Hula hooping is just such an all-round healthy activity,” Nicola says.
“It supports cardio fitness, core strength, balance, left and right brain coordination…”
Julie says classes will be limited to 10 participants so those who want to hop to it and hula need to register via or phoning 0438 459 501.
“Hula hoops supplied,” she says.