Keeping mind and body in step

The Dunedin Leisure Marchers. Front (from left) Dorothy Howard, Susan McCuish, Janice Latta, Glenys Cowie (coach), Lenore Morris, Natalie Sullivan. Back (from left) Joy McCullough, Lorraine Farris, Susan Schweigman, Judy Byrne, Jimsie Smith, Jan Letts, Di
The Dunedin Leisure Marchers. Front (from left) Dorothy Howard, Susan McCuish, Janice Latta, Glenys Cowie (coach), Lenore Morris, Natalie Sullivan. Back (from left) Joy McCullough, Lorraine Farris, Susan Schweigman, Judy Byrne, Jimsie Smith, Jan Letts, Dianne Moulton. PHOTO: ELLA STOKES

A group of women are stepping in time to help keep their minds and bodies moving.

But getting their routine perfect was not as easy as it looked for the 14 members of the Dunedin 60+ Club Leisure Marchers, their coach said.

Glenys Cowie has been involved with marching for the past 40 years and has been coaching the Dunedin Leisure Marchers for the past year.

Mrs Cowie said not only did the group create great friendship, but it was also a great way to stay active.

‘‘You stay fit physically and mentally . . .it’s not as easy as just walking around.’’

Although Mrs Cowie had previously been involved with competitive marching, this group was a leisure group so was non-competitive.

Members of the group Susan Schweigman and Jimsie Smith said they both loved being a part of the group.

Mrs Schweigman said for people who were coping with setbacks, it was a great way to express themselves.

‘‘It’s great because so many elements come together.’’

Mrs Smith said it was a fun challenge.

Although the group’s next event was not until October, it was already preparing, Mrs Cowie said.

‘‘The five-minute routine takes a lot of perfecting . . .a whole year’s work for five minutes’ marching,’’ she said.

The group agreed they loved what they did and were always on the lookout for new members.

ELLA.STOKES@thestar.co.nz 

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